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Working any job can be tiring, but those working on railroads may find that the physical demands of their job can make this job even more exhausting than others. Unfortunately, given the nature of these jobs, long hours, overtime, non-traditional work hours, and schedule changes can all contribute to higher levels of fatigue for workers. Tired workers are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to catastrophic accidents which can cause serious injury to coworkers or themselves. If you have been injured because of exhaustion, you’ll want to keep reading to learn whether or not a FELA lawyer can help hold a negligent party accountable for the damages you’ve endured.

How Can Fatigue Lead to Injuries for Railroad Workers?

When a worker is overly tired, they are more likely to make mistakes that can lead to injury. This is because those who have not gotten enough rest can experience high levels of brain fog that can cloud judgment and contribute to injury.

Additionally, exhaustion is similar to intoxication. This is because, like being under the influence, exhaustion slows down your processes, meaning it may take your brain more time to comprehend situations and make decisions. Unfortunately, those who are fatigued are at greater risk of making mistakes that impact themselves and others.

Can My Employer Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Exhaustion?

In general, if your employer was the reason for your exhaustion or the fatigue of a co-worker responsible for your injuries, you may be able to hold the railroad liable for the damages you’ve endured.

It is the railroad’s responsibility to ensure that workers are given enough time off between shifts and adequate break time to safely perform their job duties. If the railroad continually schedules you and coworkers for shifts with little to no time in between, forces workers to work overtime, or does not allow you to take your mandated breaks, they may be found liable for the injuries you’ve suffered.

Under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) anyone who can prove their injuries are in part brought on by their employer’s negligence can pursue compensation. As such, you are likely eligible to file a claim against a negligent railroad company. You should keep all evidence related to the railroad’s negligence, including any documentation about lack of breaks, or mandatory rest time violations.

If your life has been changed because of a negligent employer, taking the necessary measures to hold them accountable for their actions is critical. At Doran & Murphy, we understand how devastating it can be to suffer an injury that could have been prevented with an adequate amount of rest. That’s why our team will do everything in our power to guide you through this process. Connect with us today to learn how we can represent you during these complex matters.