What should you do and not do in the event you have been injured while working on the railroad?
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- Obtain the very best medical care that you can through your own doctors.
- Contact legal counsel and union officials for additional guidance.
- Be sure the accident has been reported to the railroad and union.
- Write down names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident or knows about the work conditions.
- Keep records of any out-of-pocket expenses due to the accident.
- If you have a disability insurance policy, contact the insurance company to begin receiving payments.
- Apply to the Railroad Retirement Board for sickness benefits.
- 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.
- Do not sign a medical release of information to the railroad without first getting legal advice.