Rail employees already know that working in the railroad industry is hazardous. It can lead to an array of physical injuries.
You may also understand that these jobs pose a risk of suffering an occupational illness that may also be covered under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Let’s look at some of those illnesses that can affect those who work in this industry
Asbestos is a natural mineral that is resistant to heat. Throughout the early 20th century, the rail industry used asbestos prolifically. For example, companies used asbestos to insulate railroad cars from heat. It also appeared in brakes, gaskets and many other items.
Unfortunately, asbestos exposure can lead to life-threatening illnesses like asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Symptoms of these exposure-related illnesses can take decades to manifest in victims.
Asbestos exposure is not the only way your railroad job can make you sick. More than brief exposure to chemicals, vapors, gases and more may also result in illness.
Relief under the FELA
This law dates back over a century. It was enacted to protect our nation’s railroad workers. It continues to provide injured or ill rail workers with a way to recover medical and financial benefits. Although the FELA resembles the nation’s workers’ compensation program, victims must prove employer (or another party) liability before receiving any benefits.
Most rail companies fight to disprove FELA claims, making it hard to collect your benefits. However, with knowledgeable guidance, you can still recover the financial and medical relief you deserve. Continue exploring our web content for additional information about filing a successful FELA claim.