Railroad workers have dangerous jobs. Not only do they have to worry about traumatic injuries, but they can also sustain injuries or illnesses caused by prolonged exposure to hazardous elements. At Shapiro, Appleton, Washburn & Sharp, our team is here to help if you need a Virginia railroad injury attorney by your side. We have extensive resources at our disposal, and we have no problem standing up to aggressive insurance carriers or train companies to make sure you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Common Types of Railroad Accidents
Railroad workers can sustain injuries in a wide variety of ways. This can include injuries that occur as a result of a train collision, derailment, or explosion. However, railroad worker injuries can also occur in the same ways that other types of work injuries occur, including slip and fall incidents, objects falling and striking a worker, getting caught in between objects, etc.
Some of the most common causes of railroad worker injuries include the following:
- Improper training of workers
- Defective equipment
- Trains moving too quickly
- Unsafe working conditions
- Poor lighting
- Improper procedures
- Operator error
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or substances
Injuries Sustained by Railroad Workers
Injured railroad workers can sustain a wide range of injuries as a result of workplace hazards or exposure. In some cases, these injuries are traumatic in nature, including the following:
- Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Crush injuries or amputations
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Burn injuries
Occupational Diseases and Cancers
We also know that railroad worker injuries and illnesses can occur as a result of exposure to unsafe elements as well as repetitive motions. These injuries can include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Nerve damage
- Lung cancers
- Respiratory illnesses
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Joint injuries
A major issue in securing compensation for occupational diseases and occupational cancers is proving the illness arose as a result of workplace exposure or activities. Often, railroad workers do not receive a diagnosis for these injuries until long after they have been on the job or even after retirement. The railroad and their insurance carriers will likely try to pinpoint the occupational disease or cancer to another cause.
FELA Claims in Virginia
Injured railroad workers secure compensation through the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), not a traditional workers’ compensation system. In most work injury situations, the employee can receive compensation regardless of who caused the injury. However, with a Virginia FELA claim, injured workers have to show that the railroad was negligent in some way before they can recover compensation for their losses.
Call a Railroad Injury Lawyer in Virginia Today
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury in a railroad accident in Virginia, you need to reach out to the team at Shapiro, Appleton, Washburn & Sharp for help as soon as possible. Our attorneys have the resources necessary to conduct full investigations into these claims so we can help clients recover total compensation for their losses. This includes coverage of their medical bills, property damage expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Virginia railroad injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by filling out the contact form below or calling us at (800) 752-0042.