An injured worker who needs medical attention should see his own doctor. Often the railroad will take the position that it is not responsible for paying medical bills unless the worker goes to a “company doctor.” DO NOT FOLLOW THIS POSITION.
Railroad workers have health insurance as part of their benefits package, and they also have the right to use their insurance to pay for medical treatment from the doctor of their choosing. Every injured employee should consult with the very best medical provider available to minimize and prevent potential long-range effects of the injury. An injured worker should call a union official or a designated counsel with questions regarding medical care and how to keep insurance in effect while the employee is off work.