Happy New Year from your Designated Legal Counsel (DLC). I write as part of my annual message to wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and ambitious 2017. Here is some information to consider for the coming year:
Do I have to give a recorded statement if injured on the job?
No, is the generally accepted answer. Your written report of injury is your statement. Federal law protects your right not to provide a separate recording or other written statement of the incident. As always consult your union representatives or DLC if faced with such a question.
What is the “best evidence” in a FELA injury case?
Every case is different but generally photographs document unsafe conditions and defective equipment the best. “A picture is worth a thousand words” is still true today in this video crazy world. Carry a disposable camera or cell phone if rules allow.
What is ARLA and what do they do?
The Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys or ARLA was founded over 28 years ago for the express purpose of promoting rail safety and preservation of the rights of injured rail employees to bring claims under the FELA (Federal Employers’ Liability Act). It is made up of trial lawyers who have dedicated their careers to fighting for the health and safety of railroaders in and out of court. Your DLC, Jim Vucinovich, is ARLA’s current President.
How to make the best use of my DLC?
As your DLC, my firm has been helping rail labor and their families for over 50 years. Not only do we handle railroad injury and whistleblower claims, but we also use our vast experience to handle the most severe type of cases involving traumatic brain injury and wrongful death.
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