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What to Do After a Railroad Injury

What to Do After a Railroad Injury

If you are injured in the course and scope of your employment with the railroad, you should immediately take the following steps to protect your legal rights:

  • Let someone know you are hurt: Contact your local union representative or a co-worker to let someone know you have been hurt.
  • Notify your railroad supervisor: Notify a supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Obtain medical treatment: Request to be taken to the nearest medical facility for treatment and make sure to provide a detailed history of the facts of your injury incident to the doctors providing treatment.
  • Fill out the personal injury report: When you are physically and mentally able, complete the required personal injury report in the presence of a witness, if possible. Be sure to request a copy of the report for yourself.
  • See your own doctor: Visit your personal doctor of choice as soon as you are able. The railroad does not have the right to direct your treatment and may request that you receive treatment from a company “approved” doctor. You have the right to refuse this request and see any doctor of your choosing.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the claims agent: There is no benefit to providing a trained claims agent information that will eventually be used against you in the defense of your FELA claim. It is important to refrain from discussing your injury incident with anyone other than your family and your lawyer.
  • Keep copies of everything: Obtain and keep all documents, injury reports, medical records, photographs and other evidence concerning your injury incident, including any evidence regarding the railroad’s failure to provide a reasonably safe place to work.
  • Apply for all applicable benefits: If you miss work due to your injury, you should apply for all supplemental sickness benefits, including Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits and all private insurance benefits.
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As a former MOW employee for Wisconsin Central Railroad in need of an
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Railroad Incident

I hired Mr. Chod after I had an incident at a mine here in
Wyoming when I worked for the Union Pacific Railroad
and he did an excellent job of settling my case. Mr. Chod
worked well with myself and the doctors he talked to and
other railroad employees.

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In September of 2014 I suffered a career ending injury at BNSF Railway. The RR choose to not do the right thing even though I continued to have faith in them. I talked to Jeff on a recommendation of a friend after many broken promises by BNSF. I had only done one thing wrong that night, and that was trusting BNSF to accurately train, and prepare a operator to safely work along side me. I talked with Jeff and he helped ease my mind and finally realize that the RR was not conducting themselves in my best interest or livelihood. My injuries physically were were permanent and the PTSD was overwhelming and learning to deal with it was life altering. Jeff worked tirelessly for me and my future well-being. He fought them like David and Goliath and we won.

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