What should you do and not do in the event you have been injured while working on the railroad?
1. Obtain the very best medical care that you can through your own doctors.
2. Contact legal counsel and union officials for additional guidance.
3. Be sure the accident has been reported to the railroad and union.
4. Write down names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident or knows about the work conditions.
5. Keep records of any out-of-pocket expenses due to the accident.
6. If you have a disability insurance policy, contact the insurance company to begin receiving payments.
7. Apply to the Railroad Retirement Board for sickness benefits.
8. Do not give a recorded or written statement to a claim agent or anyone else until you have had an opportunity to discuss the matter with your FELA lawyer or union officials.
9. Do not sign a medical release of information to the railroad without first getting legal advice.
The FELA lawyers of Yaeger Jungbauer & Barczak invite you to contact their office for further discussion of this topic. This article is designed for general information only and should be considered neither formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer client relationship.