Railroad Worker Injury:

Types of Railroad Worker Injuries

Railroad work can be hazardous, and there are many ways that railroad workers can be injured on the job. The presence of heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals in railroad yards, along with the pressure on workers to work faster and more efficiently, increases the risk of accidents. When railway employers fail to provide a safe working environment for their workers and cut corners on safety, devastating injuries or fatalities are often the result.

The following types of injuries commonly suffered by railroad workers may be grounds for a FELA claim:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Head trauma from falls or dropped objects
  • Facial injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries to back, shoulders, neck, arms, legs, and wrists
  • Tinnitus from exposure to loud noises and lack of ear protection
  • Medical problems related to inhalation of diesel exhaust, such as lung cancer, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Injuries to the legs, ankles, hips, or feet from walking on ballast (Ballast is the gravel and crushed rock that makes up the rail bed)
  • Injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and asbestos
  • Lifting injuries
  • Amputations
  • Burn injuries

These injuries can be traumatic and painful and lead to a reduced earning capacity for the worker. For example, railroad workers who suffer a serious back injury may be unable to return to their jobs or perform the tasks they used to do in the workplace.

If your employer was liable for your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation. An experienced FELA lawyer can make sure your rights are protected and help you get the compensation you need.