A common misconception among railroad workers is that if they failed to file an incident report with their supervisor or the main railroad headquarters, then they cannot file a claim against the railroad. This is simply not true (though many railroad claim agents hope workers believe it). As a railroad worker (whether you are a switchman, yardman, trainman, engineer, conductor, etc.), you have access to a unique federal law known as the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). This law was passed specifically to provide an avenue for hurt railroad workers to pursue financial restitution for their medical bills, lost wages, and other harms and losses against the big railroads.
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