Common Injuries to Railroad Workers
Published in Personal Injury,Workers Compensation on July 19, 2021.
Railroad accidents can result in serious and costly injuries, and anyone injured – even railroad workers – needs to prove negligence to recover the compensation they deserve. Seek help from a Macon railroad accident lawyer right away.
Railroad workers put themselves at risk every day in the conditions they work in, subjecting themselves to the potential risk for injuries and illness as a result. According to a report from the Office of Safety within the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), over the past 10 years, there have been 113,354 railroad accidents. Of that, there were 6,989 fatalities and 77,705 non-fatal conditions involving railroad employees.
If you are a railroad worker injured on the job, or you were involved in any type of railroad incident, you need to know your legal rights. Contact a Macon railroad accident lawyer right away.
Types of Railroad Injuries
The most common injuries stemming from railroad accidents include:
- Brain Injuries
- Injuries resulting from being crushed by heavy machinery
- Internal injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Ligament and muscular injuries
- Permanently disabling injuries
These injuries occur due to the inherently dangerous working conditions that are unique to the railroad industry. For example, burn injuries are commonly caused by accidents resulting from the significant time spent around hot surfaces by railroad workers. Broken bones are often caused by slip and falls on oily surfaces or losing footing while walking across a ballast. Ligament and muscular injuries often occur from the frequent lifting and moving of heavy material on the job. Head injuries are commonly caused by being struck in the head by falling tools, heavy equipment, or cargo.
Compensation for Railroad Worker Injuries
In most cases, people injured on the job can seek workers’ compensation benefits without having to prove fault for the accident. However, due to the Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA), this process is not the same for railroad workers. FELA requires railroad workers to prove the negligence of an employer to recover financially, which might include:
- Defective safety devices
- Unsafe work conditions
- Safety hazards in the workplace
- Inadequate training or supervision of employees
- Lack of safety inspections
- Faulty equipment or tools
- Unreasonable work quotas
- Poor or lack of enforcement of federal safety regulations for railroad workers
These are all examples indicative of employer negligence, which must be established to some degree in order to recover under a FELA claim. Once negligence is proven, however, full compensation under FELA is available for the railroad worker to compensate them for the injuries they sustained.
Proving negligence often requires an investigation into the accident. You need an attorney with connections to experts to feel assured your accident is thoroughly being investigated by somebody on your side. Often, the employer will try to limit investigations to someone they hire, but an experienced railroad worker accident attorney knows that the investigation for your case cannot be left to the employer.
A qualified attorney will know how to ensure the investigation into your accident is done properly and fairly to your claim. Injured railroad workers need qualified legal counsel in order to successfully pursue the tricky matter of proving negligence on the part of the railroad owners and operators. If you have been injured in any type of railroad work accident as a railroad worker, a lawyer versed in handling FELA claims should be contacted immediately to ensure you receive everything you’re entitled to under the federal law.
Contact Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law for Your FELA Claim
The Macon railroad accident lawyers at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law are especially suited to handle your claim if you are a railroad worker – or anyone else – injured in a railroad accident. Contact us today online, or call us at (478) 746-1468 for a consultation.