Types of Injuries Suffered by Railroad Workers
FELA covers almost all injuries suffered by railroad employees, including those who do not work exclusively in or around trains. Most injuries fall into one of the following five categories:
- Repetitive motion injuries including tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sprains and strains
- Fractures and broken bones
- Occupational diseases such as hearing loss, lung cancer, and asbestosis
- Pre-existing conditions that are aggravated by a work-related accident creating a new injury
Under FELA, railroad workers have a right to a reasonably safe workplace. Railroad companies and employers must provide a safe work environment and inspect it regularly to ensure it is free of hazards; safety equipment, tools, and personal protective equipment; and provide suitable training, supervision, and assistance to employees in their jobs. Failure to do so can render them responsible for injuries suffered by their employees.
Additionally, employers must ensure that safety rules and regulations are being enforced, keeping workers safe from intentional harmful acts of others, and refraining from using unreasonable work quotas. Essentially, FELA helps to ensure uniform safety and liability standards within the railroad industry. If someone has further questions about FELA and what it covers, they should contact a knowledgable Philadelphia railroad workers’ compensation attorney.
Schedule a Consultation With a Philadelphia Railroad Workers' Compensation Attorney
Injured railroad workers seeking compensation should contact the experienced Philadelphia railroad workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny LLP. We understand FELA claims and will fight to make sure you receive the maximum compensation available for your case. Call us today to schedule your free consultation. From our offices in Center City, Philadelphia we serve injured workers throughout the surrounding areas of Bustleton anf South Philly.