WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED

IMMEDIATELY REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO YOU SUPERVISOR even if you think you are not injured. If you wait, the railroad may charge you with failing to report an accident, or possibly falsifying one.


FILL OUT THE ACCIDENT REPORT/INJURY STATEMENT Most railroads require an injured employee to immediately fill out and sign an accident Report or Injury Statement. However, if you cannot think clearly, or are in too much physical pain, do not fill out or sign the Report/Statement. This can be done later.


KEEP YOUR STATEMENTS BRIEF BUT MAKE SURE TO DESCRIBE THE RAILROAD'S NEGLIGENCE IN THE ACCIDENT REPORT/INJURY STATEMENT. Because the FELA requires proof that the railroad was at fault for the accident, it is important that you spell out what the railroad did wrong, or what was wrong with the railroad's property, tools and equipment. If someone else prepares the Accident Report/Injury Statement for you, make sure you read it carefully and that they record the dangerous condition, defective equipment, or action that caused your accident.


DO NOT ANSWER “NO” TO QUESTIONS ON THE REPORT THAT DEAL WITH EQUIPMENT DEFECTS. Answer “yes” (describe the defect) or, because defects sometimes are not obvious or visible at the3 time of injury, answer “presently unknown”.


CAREFULLY READ AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BEFORE SIGNING THE REPORT/STATEMENT. The questions are usually designed to help the railroad avoid responsibility.


KEEP A COPY OF THE ACCIDENT REPORT/INJURY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER FORM THAT WAS FILLED OUT IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR INJURY.


DO NOT SIGN ANY DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN THE ACCIDENT REPORT/INJURY STATEMENT. The accident Report/Injury Statement is the only form you are required to complete.


DO NOT MAKE ANY ORAL OR WRITTEN STATEMENTS OTHER THAN THE ACCIDENT REPORT/INJURY STATEMENT without first speaking with your FELA Attourney or Union Representative. Refer everyone to the Accident Report/Injury Statement instead.


PROMPTLY CONTACT YOUR UNION REPRESENTATIVE It is his/her job to help you protect your rights. You have the right to have your Union Representative present whenever you give the railroad an oral or written statement.


GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT . Obtain the best medical care that you can through your own doctors. You have the right to be cared for by any doctor of your choice. Do not allow company officials to stay in the room while you receive medical treatment. Do not sign a medical release form to the railroad without first obtaining legal advice from an experienced FELA attorney.


It is Your Legal Right to Select Any Attorney You Wish to

Represent You. Do not allow anyone to pressure you with

regard to your choice.





Hubbell Law Firm

United Transportation UnionDesignated Legal Counsel

Robert Gilliam

Legal Investigator

Norwalk, Iowa

Cell:(515)971-1207

Phone:(816)221-5666 Toll-Free 1-800-821-5257

www.hubbellfirm.com


Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak, PLC

United Transportation Union Designated Legal Counsel

2550 University Ave West

Suite 345N

St. Paul, MN 55114

1(800)-435-7888

(651)288-9500

Dennis Beck

Field Representative

Toll Free Cell phone #

(866)846-1650

www.yjblaw.com



Law Offices of Richard J. Dinsmore, P.C.,L.L.O.

United Transportation Union Designated Legal Counsel

1905 Harney Street, Suite 710

Omaha, NE 68102

(402)341-2020 (800)432-3352

dinslaw@aol.com

Tim Aukerman

Field Representative/Investigator

cell(402)499-2621

taukerman@neb.rr.com



Holtsclaw & Kendall, l.c.

Attorneys at Law

Designated Legal Counsel

Rick Holtsclaw

home-(816)880-6677

Brad Kendall

home-(913)831-1899

1-800-877-8440