A recent series of railroad accidents from across the country illustrates the widely varying dangers faced by railroad workers of all types. These train accidents also emphasize the importance of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) as a means of helping support those who are injured on the job due to railroad company negligence. If you’re a railroad worker who suffered injury on the job, the Mobile, Alabama, FELA attorneys at Long & Long may be able to help you file your claim and get you the financial compensation you need as you recover. Too often, railroad accidents are deadly. An April collision between two BNSF freight trains in McPherson, Iowa, caused a partial derailment and killed an engineer and conductor. In May, two CSX employees—a conductor and engineer—were killed in a rear-end collision between two trains near Union City, N.C. A BNSF railroad worker was killed Aug. 15 in Kansas City, Kan., after having apparently been struck by a railroad car then trapped between two cars. And just last week, a freight yard worker in Lincoln, Calif., suffered burns after a Union Pacific railroad tanker leaking propane caught fire. The types of injuries railroad workers face are as diverse as the daily risks associated with their jobs. And as the above sampling of recent railroad accidents indicates, the injuries are often severe. Among the types of injuries often seen in FELA claims include:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Toxic material exposure (such as to asbestos)
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you’re a railroad worker who’s been injured on the job or you’re the family member of a loved one who was killed while working for a railroad company, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, FELA attorneys at Long & Long for your free case evaluation.