New York residents may remember some of the more recent railroad accidents involving Amtrak, CSX and Union Pacific Railroad trains. Many of these occurred on railroads that had temporarily suspended the signal system for maintenance, repairs and other work. The trend is so prominent that the Federal Railroad Administration has issued a safety advisory for all railroads under signal suspensions.
Residents of Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C., who are concerned about workplace injuries should be aware of a rail yard accident that occurred in Texas. A carman who was hurt on the job alleges that his injury occurred due to hazardous conditions at the rail yard. Citing negligence, the suit was filed against Union Pacific Railroad Co. in the Jefferson County District Court on Oct. 18.
Unless you have been through the process before, it can be difficult to know what to do after a workplace injury. If you are injured at your job with the railroad, you may be able to receive compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) for past and future wage loss as well as physical and mental suffering. Because you will only receive compensation if you can prove your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence, it is important you take several precautions after your accident, if you are physically able to do so.