COMPLETING THE ACCIDENT REPORT
Only complete the accident report after you have sought medical attention that is appropriate to the seriousness of your injuries. You have the right to request immediate medical attention if you are injured.
- Tell the truth.
- Be brief.
- You have the right to put anything you wish on the report, including whether someone is trying to tell you what to write or whether you are being intimidated while you are completing the report.
- Include all important details, especially witnesses and unsafe tools or conditions.
- Complete the report as soon as possible after the injury. Read the rule on reporting injuries from your railroad and follow it. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from service and could hurt any injury claim.
- If a company official attempts to influence your reporting of the accident, note it on the accident report and identify any witnesses to the attempt. Such actions are illegal.
- The report will be important evidence in your personal injury case. Be careful and take your time filling out the report. If you are under the influence of medications, note them on your report.
- You have the right to discuss the report with a Lawyer before filling it out.
- You have the right to have union representation with you when you fill out the report.
- The report will be used in the trial of your case. Don't lose your case because of a careless report.
- Many times people will note on the report that a piece of equipment was not "defective" if it was not broken. Think about how the equipment was working at the time of your injury. If it was not working properly, even if it was not broken or defective under an FRA regulation, note the improper function of the equipment on your report.
- Think about whether or not you should "tag out" the equipment as defective or working improperly so that others do not get hurt on the equipment.
- Make complaints about improperly working equipment or defective equipment in writing to your supervisor in addition to filling out the Personal Injury Report.