My experience runs deep & my successes are numerous, yet the motivation is simple. In my years of practice the goal has always been to deliver the most effective results for each and every client. That core principle is backed by a true commitment to treating clients with the attention and respect they so rightfully deserve. Looking Back Over The Years Of Success At Petro Law Firm, The Most Pride Comes Not From The Track Record Of Success, But The Real Difference Made In The Lives Of My Clients. Impacting Lives Petro Law Firm remains truly grateful for the reputation developed among clients who’ve come to expect a few key differences from our team. Petro Law Firm FOR RAILROAD EMPLOYEES 1-800-472-5729 Integrity At Petro Law Firm, you can be assured we don’t make promises unless we’re fully confident in our ability to keep them. It’s not about saying what you want to hear. It’s about reliably delivering every time. CALL NOW Attention To us at Petro Law Firm, each client is an individual with a unique set of challenges and expectations. Addressing those takes real, meaningful attention. To us, you’re never just another number. Understanding We understand that hiring an attorney often comes under trying circumstances. With Petro Law Firm advocating on your behalf, expect a true understanding of any difficulty you might be facing. Experience My thirty years of experience has provided invaluable experience into the working conditions, rules, regulations and laws that apply to railroad workers. Francis Daniel Petro (Dan) Francis Daniel Petro (Dan) received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in 1981. He then went to work for Henslee, Monek & Henslee as a Law Clerk. The firm specialized in representing railroad employees for injuries sustained at work. At the same time, he was admitted to John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He graduated from John Marshall in 1985 and was admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois in 1986. He continued to work for Henslee until 1990. At that time, he and his father, Frank W. Petro, started the Petro Law Firm. The Petro Law Firm concentrated in representing injured railroad employees. The majority of clients were railroad employees working in the Midwest. Dan has settled and/or tried cases against Metra, BNSF, Union Pacific, Illinois Central (CN), Wisconsin Central (CN), Norfolk Southern, IHB, Belt, CSX, Amtrak, Soo Line (CP), DM&E, and others. Dan is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois, The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, Western District of Michigan, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, Northern District of Ohio, and The District of North Dakota. Dan is honored to be a Designated Legal Counsel for The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen and SMART TD. Dan is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association. Dan worked with and under Frank’s tutelage until Frank’s passing in 2012. He will continue to vigorously pursue and protect the rights of railroad employees.


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Personal Injury

Railroad employee claims for on duty injuries sustained in an auto accident are quite common. Many times, the claims do not come under the provisions of the FELA and may require the employee to seek damages from a third party. Please note that each state has different rules and requirements to successfully proceed.

For instance, in the State of Illinois, an employee injured in a collision must prove that the third party was negligent and that its negligence proximately caused the employee’s injuries. Further, that the employee was less than 50% contributory negligent in the collision. The Statute of Limitations is also two years, unlike the three year provision in the FELA.

Railroad’s generally do not carry uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for the protection of their employees. An employee should check with his/her own auto insurer to determine whether his/her own auto coverage will apply for on duty injuries.

The collective bargaining agreement with most Railroad’s contains an “Off Track Vehicle” provision. A claim under the “Off Track Vehicle” agreement must be brought in a timely manner. Generally, the claim is filed with the employee’s claim for short term disability benefits, such as Aetna.


  1. Seek medical attention immediately. Request transportation to the nearest hospital, then seek treatment from your own doctor. Tell the medical provider how you were injured. Also tell them you are not covered by Worker’s Compensation. You have medical coverage through your collective bargaining agreement.
  2. Report your injury to your railroad and union as soon as possible.
  3. File the required company injury report. Please note any unsafe: practices, working conditions, tools, and/or equipment. List all witnesses. Keep a copy for your records.
  4. Do not give any oral or written statement to the railroad unless ordered to do so by a company official. If so, seek advice from a DLC or union officer prior to providing statement.
  5. Apply for Sickness and disability benefits in a timely manner.
  6. Complete and send Notice of Disability to Health Insurance provider.
  7. Contact Petro law Firm for free consultation (800) 472-5729.

For Railroad Employees