Railroad companies in New York, Connecticut and other states must ensure that employees enjoy a safe working environment. If a worker is hurt on the job, compensation may be warranted. One man in Missouri recently filed a lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad, stating that he was injured in part because of an unsafe working environment. He also claimed that he didn’t have the tools needed to do the job.
The plaintiff claims that the injury occurred in July 2016 when he was trying to move a tie and hurt his back. According to his lawsuit, which was filed on May 3, the injury resulted in significant medical bills. He is seeking more than $1 million in compensation. Furthermore, the lawsuit asks that he be reimbursed for legal costs as well as other relief allowed by law.
Legislation such as the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) may protect workers against unsafe working conditions and other employer negligence. Compensation may be available to workers who can show that their injuries were the result of poor working conditions or other circumstances beyond their control. An attorney may work to gather evidence that a worker was injured and experienced financial losses as a result.
If successful, a plaintiff may be entitled to recover the cost of medical charges incurred as well as future health care bills. Lost wages, lost future earnings and other financial compensation could also be provided either in a settlement or after a trial. Legal counsel may be available to help a worker develop a strategy for obtaining a maximum settlement amount.