Railroad injuries can happen under a variety of circumstances. When people work with large vehicles, like trains, and heavy items in transport, injuries are possible and sometimes likely.
When a worker gets hurt on the railroad, they may have the opportunity to seek compensation through the Federal Employers Liability Act, or FELA. Here is more on what you should know about some of the most common railroad injuries.
Though they are less common today, it’s possible for workers to be exposed to asbestos and to suffer asbestos-related injuries. Asbestos is often used in brakes, gaskets and similar items.
Burn injuries are another kind of common injury on the railroad. These may be caused by coming into contact with electricity or hot metal surfaces, like hot tracks, explosions, hose ruptures and other accidents.
Railroad workers often suffer from head injuries due to falling freight, falling tools and slip-and-fall accidents. Even with a hard hat or helmet, these injuries can be devastating.
Back injuries, including spinal cord injuries, may be catastrophic for railroad workers. These are possible due to lifting heavy objects, slip-and-fall accidents and other causes.
Amputations are also possible when working on the railroad. Sudden limb amputation could occur if there is an accident with a coupler or due to crushing injuries.
What should you do if you’re hurt while at work?
In 1908, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, or FELA, was passed and provided railroad workers with the guarantee that they would be able to work in safe workplaces. If you are injured when you’re at work, you may be able to seek compensation under the act, so that you can recover your financial losses and make sure you get the care you need moving forward.
If a railroad company did not take steps to keep your workplace safe, then a claim under FELA may be the right option for you. You may be able to claim for your injuries, lost wages and other financial impacts from your accident.