Working for a railroad can be a physically demanding job. Large machinery, heavy equipment and the dangerous working conditions all contribute to a potentially unsafe working environment. It is an employer's responsibility to provide railroad workers with a safe working environment, including providing proper training, warnings about unsafe conditions or possible dangers, and well-maintained and functional equipment. If you have been injured at work because your employer has failed to uphold national standards of safety, your employer can be held legally liable for your injuries.
The Federal Employer's Liability Act was enacted in 1908 to help protect injured railroad workers from their employer's negligent actions. FELA allows injured railroad workers to file lawsuits against negligent employers in order to receive the compensation that they deserve for their injuries. FELA also encourages employers to provide their workers with safer working environments, as they are held liable for their actions.
Back injuries can be devastating for those who suffer one. There are several factors that may contribute to a back injury, including:
- Repetitive Motions: If you are required to perform repetitive tasks at work, your muscles may become fatigued over time, leading to eventual muscle and tissue damage.
- Improper Lifting Techniques: Your employer should train you on how to lift heavy objects safely. Be sure to always lift with your legs, allowing your leg muscles to take on most of the weight instead of your back.
- Stress: When you experience stress at home or at work your muscles tighten, making them more prone to injury.
- Defective Equipment: If the equipment you use at work is not well maintained or is defective, there is a much higher risk of your back being injured.
Back injuries may range from injured muscles to severe spinal cord injuries, leading to permanent disability or even death. If you believe that you have suffered a back injury due to the negligence of your employer, contact a doctor to be examined. A skilled doctor may be able to help you determine how your injury was caused as well as what treatments are available.
After visiting a doctor, contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights if you believe that your injury occurred as a result of your employer's negligence. Contact a FELA lawyer to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. No one should have to suffer the financial burden of medical bills, lost wages, and loss of potential earnings if their injuries occurred due to someone else's negligence. Contact a FELA attorney today to learn more about your legal rights and options as a railroad worker.