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FELA Law Injury Attorneys Give Info for Injured Railroad Workers

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health publishes important information about workplace issues important in railroad FELA cases. Our firm focuses its practice on Federal Employers' Liability Act cases, also known as FELA.

FELA cases refer to on-the-job injuries to railroad workers. Rather than getting workers' compensation, railroad industry workers have special federal law protection that allows them to sue their employer, the railroad, if they get hurt on the job due to the fault of the railroad or their co-workers. Within our firm, I am one of the attorneys who emphasizes an area called ergonomics claims also known as repetitive motion or repetitive trauma cases. Actually, I prefer the term cumulative trauma for this type of F.E.L.A. case where the railroad worker's muscles and bones are worn out over time by the heavy physical demands of railroad work. Our firm usually finds the courts in Norfolk, Virginia (VA) and Portsmouth, Virginia (VA) to be best for filing these FELA cases.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Help is part of the national CDC or Center for Disease Control which put outs information about workplace safety. Their website is www.cdc.gov/topics. You will find all kinds of good information there. I recently looked on the website and found information where you can look at studies done by researchers showing how much injury there is to workers as a result of factors in the workplace that could be addressed to prevent these injuries to the neck, upper extremity, and low back.

The issues of how to safely handle heavy lifting and other issues related to railroad workplace safety have been studied over time by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Help. The railroad companies are well aware of these studies because papers have been presented at railroad industry meetings where management talks about problems and workplace claims held by such groups as the AAR, which is the Association of American Railroads.
Randy E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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