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Legal options for railroad worker head injuries

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2023 | Blog, Railroad Injuries

Railroad work is crucial for keeping our nation’s transportation system moving. However, it often involves risks that can lead to severe injuries.

It is important to understand the Federal Employers’ Liability Act if you sustain a head injury while doing railroad work.

Head injuries

In 2022, nonfatal railroad injuries totaled 6,252. Some common causes of head injuries for railroad workers include:

  • Falls and collisions:Railroad workers often navigate uneven surfaces and moving equipment, increasing the risk of slips, trips, falls and collisions
  • Equipment accidents:Mechanical failures with heavy machinery can result in severe head trauma
  • Falling objects:Tools, cargo or equipment can strike workers, causing head injuries
  • Hazardous materials:Exposure to toxic substances can cause long-term health issues, including head injuries

If negligence caused your head trauma, you can seek justice through the legal system.

Legal protection

FELA, enacted in 1908, provides a safety net for injured railroad workers. This act gives companies a uniform standard for working conditions and safety regulations. Unlike regular workers’ comp, FELA gives you the legal right to sue your employer. It ensures you can receive monetary compensation for your damages if you prove employer negligence led to your accident. You can seek to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages and more.

It is important to file your suit as soon as possible after your injury occurs. You must meet the statute of limitations and know how to show evidence of negligence in your case.

Head injuries can have long-term consequences. Knowing your legal rights and how to file a FELA claim can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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