When you fill out a PI report, the most important thing to remember is that most railroads have designed their forms in a confusing way to try and hurt your FELA case. When you add to the confusion and stress of an injury the fact that you have to fill out a PI report right away, often in the supervisor’s office, it can be very difficult to fill out the form correctly.
Keep in mind, in order to have an FELA case, you must prove the railroad was at fault. Any fault on your part decreases or can eliminate the amount of your recovery. Examples of PI reports are included here:
Because it is so confusing and stressful to fill out a PI, it is always best to talk to an attorney FIRST, and bring your local chairman with you to help and be a witness.