Working for a railroad company can be a hazardous business. There are many places that can potentially be dangerous and if your employer doesn’t make sure that you’re working in a safe environment, it can be easy to get injured. The sad news is that your employer is not likely to have your best interest at heart. Railroad accidents fall under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) which means that they have to compensate you for all of your losses if it’s proven that they were negligent. And they definitely don’t want to do that.
Covering up negligence
Naturally, they will do their very best to cover up their negligence and let you take the fall. They will try to make you feel like a bad person for filing a complaint and will trivialize your injuries. When you do decide to file a complaint, they will try to get you to confess that it was your fault. They will bombard you with confusing incident and accident reports in the hope that it will hide their negligence.
This is why it’s important to collect evidence of your injuries, get witness accounts such as eyewitnesses or fellow employees that can confirm that the working environment was dangerous and that it was brought under the attention of the railroad company. Keep a diary where you note down anything that you can remember about the accident and the events following the accident.