Accident Reports Not Required to File a Railroad Worker Injury FELA Claim Rick Shapiro, a railroad worker injury/FELA lawyer with over 20 years of experience, sat down with his law partner to discuss the fact that injured railroad workers are not required to complete a written accident report. Rick wants to dispell the mistaken belief that, without a report, the worker has no claim. This is simply not true. Under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), a written report is not required to bring an injury claim against a railroad. However, a claim must be filed within 3 years after the injury occurred.