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Railroad workers, including engineers, conductors, carmen, trackmen, machine operators, bridge and building workers, mechanics, pipefitters, electricians, laborers, and signal maintainers, play an essential role in the American economy. Despite their vital importance, railroad workers are often neglected when it comes to workplace safety and their ability to obtain compensation following a workplace injury or occupational disease, such as cancer. A railroad injury lawyer may be able to help you to obtain the compensation that you need after suffering an on-the-job illness or injury.

Federal laws exempt most railroad companies from local workers’ compensation laws and require injured employees to file claims against their railroad employers for any damages that result from workplace injuries or disease. This can be discouraging to many injured railroad workers. A diligent railroad injury attorney can explain the law, gather essential evidence, and pursue negligent railroads for maximum compensation.

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Cancer/Railroad Exposures

Working in the railroad industry is a dangerous occupation. Not only are employees at risk of suffering serious injuries on the job, but they are also at risk of developing an occupational disease, such as cancer, due to the many toxic exposures encountered in the railroad workplace. These exposures often take many years to develop into deadly diseases. Even long after retirement, a railroad worker may pursue compensation through the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) for the harmful effects of the exposures they faced throughout their career.

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Worker Injuries

Given the nature of railroad work, it is no surprise that it is one of the most dangerous occupations in America. The size and power of the trains, machines, equipment, and tools involved in railroad operations make it a particularly hazardous work environment, plagued with injuries and deaths. Something as simple as a slip and fall or as significant as being struck by a rail car can lead to very serious and long-lasting injuries and can often affect a person’s ability to work and earn a living. It is important for railroad workers to know that if they are injured on the job, they are not entitled to workers’ compensation as ordinary workers are. Instead, an injured railroader may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

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Legal Options for Injured Workers Across America

Most workplace accidents and occupational diseases fall under the umbrella of state workers’ compensation claims. However, the FELA excludes railroad employees from workers’ compensation laws. In order for injured railroad workers to be compensated for their work-related losses, they are required to pursue legal action against their employers.

 This creates a difficult dynamic for many injured railroad workers. Under the Federal Employers Liability Act, it is necessary for an injured worker to prove their railroad employer was negligent, and that their negligence caused or contributed, even in part, to their injuries or illnesses. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that a railroad worker needs to prove only that the railroad contributed, “even in the slightest,” to an injury to have a meritorious claim.

 An experienced FELA lawyer can take the necessary legal steps to initiate claims, demand fair compensation, and fight to protect worker rights in settlement talks and in court.

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A Railroad Injury Attorney Could Help You Seek Compensation

Suffering an injury while on the job is never an easy burden to bear. Many of the conditions that affect railroad workers are permanent diseases, like cancer, that may lead to premature death. Unfortunately, it may be necessary to pursue legal action against your employer to obtain the compensation that you and your family need.

An experienced railroad injury lawyer can explain the relevant laws, evaluate how your time working for the railroad resulted in your injury or health condition, and demand appropriate payments when the railroad’s negligence played any part. Call a knowledgeable railroad injury attorney today to get started on your case.

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