"DON'T GET RAILROADED" VIDEO CHECKLIST

HIGHLIGHTS OF IMPORTANT
INFORMATION
CONTAINED IN VIDEO

       INFO VIDEO FOR RAILROADERS       FIRST STEPS AFTER BEING INJURED
        MEDICAL CARE FOR YOUR INJURY       FELA
        LIGHT DUTY / LOST WAGES       GIVING STATEMENTS
        WHISTLEBLOSWER PROTECTIONS       REENACTMENTS/SITE VISITS
        COMPLETING INJURY REPORT       THE CLAIMS AGENTS JOB
        MEDICAL FORMS / RELEASES       YOU ARE NOT ALONE  

 



INFORMATIONAL VIDEO FOR RAILROADERS

Common Questions, Straight Forward Answers
Information On How To Effectively Manage Your Injury
You May Not Need A Lawyer, But You Do Need Legal Advice
 


FIRST STEPS AFTER BEING INJURED

Report Your Injury To The Railroad As Soon As Possible
When Necessary, Request Immediate Medical Attention

 


MEDICAL CARE FOR YOUR INJURY

Obtaining Necessary Medical Attention Should Be Your And The Railroad’s First Priority
With Most Labor Contracts, You Have The Right Under Your Medical Insurance Plan To Choose Your Own Treating Doctor(S). However, There Are Exceptions Depending On The Craft And The Railroad, E.G., Elgin, Joliet & Eastern, CN/IC, Iowa Interstate, CP Rail And Wisconsin Central. Always Check Your Labor Contract
Medical Bills Are Not Paid By The Railroad
It Is Your Patient / Doctor Privilege To Be Examined By Your Doctor, Along
Ask The Trainmaster Or Other Company Officials To Leave During Your Examination
Tell Admitting Nurses And Doctors What Unsafe Condition(s), Procedure(s) And/Or Defective Equipment Caused Your Injury
Educate Your Doctors Regarding The Type Of Work You Do And The Type of Insurance You Have
Obtain Copies Of Job Descriptions And Letters To Doctors Explaining Your Duties And Insurance By Contacting Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212 or visiting our Forms Shanty
Medical Bills Are Not Paid By The Railroad

 


FELA – FEDERAL EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY ACT

Railroad Workers Are Not Covered By Workers’ Compensation
Railroad Workers Are Covered Under the FELA
Unlike Workers’ Compensation, Under The FELA Railroaders Must Prove Negligence On The Part Of The Railroad

 


LIGHT DUTY / LOST WAGES

Lost Wages Are Used To Determine Your Financial Recovery From The Railroad
There Is No Such Thing As Light Duty
Be Cautious About Agreeing To Light Duty
Always Follow Your Doctors’ Orders

 


GIVING INFORMAL / FORMAL STATEMENTS

Obtain Advice From Designated Legal Counsel Prior To Giving A Statement
Hoey & Farina Has Been Designated By Unions To Represent Injured Railroad Workers Because Of Our Knowledge Of Railroad Law And Our Proven Track Record
You Must Prove Negligence On The Part Of The Railroad
Truthfully State What Unsafe Condition(s), Procedure(s) Or Defective Equipment Caused Your Injury
Be Aware That Any Informal Conversation Between You And The Trainmaster And Another Company Official, Is In Fact A Statement
Do Not Take Responsibility For Causing Your Injury

 

WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS

You have rights under the Federal Railway Safey Act - "FRSA"
Railroaders are protected from retaliation for reporting personal injuries or for reporting what they reasonably believe are violations by the railroad of any federal safety law or regulation.
 
  

REENACTMENTS & SITE VISITS

Do Not Reenact Your Accident
Reenactments May Cause Further Injury
Do Not Do Anything To Cause Further Injury
Always Follow Your Doctors’ Orders
 
 

COMPLETING AN INJURY REPORT

You Must Complete An Injury Report
Delay Completing An Injury Report, If Possible, Until You Obtain Legal Advice
Truthfully Write Down What Unsafe Condition(s), Procedure(s) And/Or Defective Equipment Caused Your Injury
Be Precise / Be Brief
Do Not Take Responsibility For Causing Your Injury
Read The Report Carefully For Accuracy Before Signing The Injury Report
Obtain A Copy of The Signed Report As Soon As You Have Completed It
 
 

UNDERSTANDING THE CLAIM AGENT’S JOB

The Claim Agent’s Job Is To Protect The Railroad From Any Liability
The Claim Agent Wants To Get You To Accept Some Or All Responsibility For Your Injury
Request A Copy Of Any Recorded Or Transcribed Statement That You Give

 


MEDICAL FORMS / RELEASES

Take The Document Home With You To Read, Sign And Return To The Claim Agent Later
Write Down On The Document That It Applies Only To Your Injury Of This Particular Date
Write Down That You Are Not Waiving Your Right To Doctor / Patient Confidentiality
Do Not Sign The Document Prior To Speaking With An Attorney At Hoey & Farina

 

CONCLUSION: YOU ARE NOT ALONE

At Hoey & Farina, We Understand That You Will Have Questions, But That You May Not Always Have Them Between 9 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Remember, Hoey & Farina Can Be Reached Toll Free 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week At 1-888-425-1212

If you have suffered a serious injury, or the wrongful death of a family member, call Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your FREE CONSULTATION. The FELA attorneys / Chicago train accident lawyers of Hoey & Farina represent injured railroaders throughout the United States.

 

HOEY & FARINA, P.C.

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Chicago, Illinois 60605
Main: (312) 939-1212
Toll Free: (888) 425-1212
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Email: info@hoeyfarina.com
 
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