Soon after an accident, an injured railroader can expect to be contacted by a
claim agent. Frequently, the railroad's claim agent will insist on obtaining a
recorded statement from you. This is a common trick that's easy to fall for.
However, you should not offer any information until you've consulted with an
It is important to understand the role of the claim agent. He or she is the only
railroad employee who is not engaged in helping the company earn money. Their
job is to protect the company's money by minimizing the amount paid to
compensate injured employees and others.
Be especially cautious of the claim agent who says, "You don't need a lawyer.
The company will take care of you. Why split your settlement with a lawyer?" The
truth is, the railroad doesn't want you to see an attorney. They know you'll get
substantially more for your claim if you do. However, the railroad will consult
its own lawyers every step of the way.
Know your rights. You have too much at stake to accept the advice of the
railroad as to how much compensation you are entitled to receive.
For a booklet containing this information and all the additional information
listed here on our web site concerning railroad injuries, please
contact us, and
we will send it to you at no charge.
A Warning Regarding Claim Agents
What To Do If You're Injured
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