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Getting a prompt return to work from the railroad Medical Department

I recently received a call from a railroad conductor who was having a difficult time getting the railroad medical department to approve him for a return to work following an injury.  It is not uncommon for an injured employee to be pulled out of ser… Read More
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Benefits under Off Track Vehicle Agreement

Many railroaders are entitled to contractual benefits if they are injured when they are riding in, or getting on or off, an off-track vehicle authorized by the Carrier and are either deadheading under orders or being transported at the Carrier’s e… Read More
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Get medical treatment from your own doctor

Following a workplace injury, most railroads require an injured employee to be examined by a physician on the railroad’s staff or by an outside doctor with whom it has a contractual relationship.  Your interaction with this doctor should be limit… Read More
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The dangers of working light duty (Part 2)

A railroad may offer a worker light duty as soon as an injury occurs at work.  By keeping the employee on the payroll, the railroad avoids the need to report a lost time incident to the Federal Railroad Administration.  This practice can be very… Read More
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Time limit under the FELA

Under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”), no action may be brought against the railroad unless it is commenced within three years of the date of the accident.  This means that an employee, or his dependents if the employee loses hi… 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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