Railroad Workers

RAILROAD WORKERS

Being injured while working for the railroad creates a different scenario than a standard workers' compensation injury claim.

RAILROAD WORKERS

Workers diagnosed with injuries or health conditions directly associated with railroad hazards may be eligible to file a FELA lawsuit—which may include compensation for the costs associated with treatment and the impact these damages have on an individual’s quality of life and ability to continue to work. To become eligible for a FELA claim, workers must demonstrate that:

  • The railroad failed to exercise due care under the existing circumstances; or

  • The railroad failed to act as a reasonable and prudent person/entity would ordinarily have acted under the existing circumstances; or

  • The railroad acted in a manner contrary to how a reasonable person/entity would have acted under the existing circumstances.

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Railroad workers are exposed to high levels of harmful contaminants that can lead to the development of respiratory problems and certain forms of cancer.

There are two types of contaminations that can affect railroad workers: direct contamination associated with direct railroad work, and residual contamination associated with the goods carried in passing freight cars.

Types of contaminants railroad workers may be exposed to include, but are not limited to:

  • Creosote found in railroad ties
  • Oil, gasoline, and other petroleum fuels
  • Benzene
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Herbicides
  • Fossil fuel products
  • Asbestos
  • Certain harmful metals

This environment puts workers at an elevated risk for injuries that could lead to permanent damage, even if the exposure is minimal.  Cancer is one of the most prevalent occupational diseases among railroad workers and it can lead to permanent disability, great pain and suffering, and even death. It can be preventable if the railroad company simply adheres to governmental regulations and takes precaution to provide a safe workplace. Tragically, many railroaders not only develop this devastating disease through occupational exposure, they also go uncompensated

We are currently evaluating potential claims by injured individuals that may fall within a FELA claim. Previously, compensation had been provided under a FELA claim for injuries such as:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Hodgkins’s Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Leukemia
  • Throat Cancer
  • Other Cancers

A candidate for a FELA cancer claim must file an action within three years from the day that the injury or health condition occurred.

If you or someone you know have suffered an injury while working in the railroad industry, the attorneys at 1-800-LAW-HELP are here to help. Please call our office at 1-800-LAW-HELP, or fill out the FREE Case Review form, and our office will contact you to discuss your case.