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Filling out the railroad incident report

As soon as possible after suffering an injury at work, a railroad employee should fill out an accident report.  Most railroads have formal rules requiring that the accident report be filled out promptly after any injury.  Failure to complete the re… Read More
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54 Year Dispute Over 5 Words

One of the basic elements of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”) may be fundamentally changed this year by the United States Supreme Court.  Briefs have been filed and oral argument is scheduled for March in the case of CSX Transpo… Read More
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Discussions with your union representative

When a railroad employee is injured, the railroad will usually hold an investigation or disciplinary hearing to detemine whether there was a violation of the railroad’s safety rules.  The employee is represented by his local union officer at… Read More
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You have a right to immediate medical attention

If you suffer an injury on the railroad that requires immediate treatment,  demand that your supervisor get you to the nearest hospital.  Do not allow the supervisor to delay your treatment so that he or she can discuss the incident with you, fill… Read More
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Why the FRSA works

Railroads have a long history of trying to intimidate their employees so workplace injuries are not reported and legitimate FELA claims are not pursued.  Employees that file claims are quickly the target of threats and discipline for being … Read More
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Always report your injuries at work

The first item on our checklist of what to do when you are hurt at work is to report the injury.  Immediately tell co-workers on your crew that you were injured, and point out to them conditions in the workplace that contributed to the accident.… Read More
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FRSA – Protection against retaliation

The Federal Rail Safety Act (“FRSA”) was recently amended to give railroad employees a remedy when they are retaliated against for reporting on-the-job injuries.  The provisions of this law have the potential to change the entire culture of the… Read More
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Workplace Injury Checklist

Every railroad employee should know the proper steps to take when suffering an injury at work.  Below is a checklist of some of the basic things to remember.  I will discuss each point in more detail in later posts.  If you suffer an injury… Read More
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Shapero · Roloff blogs are for informational and educational purposes only. The posts do not constitute legal advice, and are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The legal information provided is general and should not be relied upon as legal advice, which the author cannot provide without full consideration of all relevant information relating to one's individual situation. If you have questions about a specific legal issue, feel free to contact our office to talk to an attorney at (216) 781-1700.

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