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September 2017 Archives

Sudden impact or repeated stress re railroad worker injuries

Those who work on Connecticut railroads often perform the same duties every day. Others have jobs where tasks and schedules fluctuate. In either circumstance, there are typically good days and bad days; bad ones often arise when railroad worker injuries occur. Achieving full recovery often hinges upon the knowledge an injured worker had ahead of time regarding the types of injuries common to railroad workers and where to turn for help when needed.

Railroad accidents have plagued the nation for decades

In 1950, a locomotive disaster left many throughout the nation horrified and grief-stricken. It occurred on a Wednesday just one day before Thanksgiving and was later labeled the worst train wreck in the history of that particular railroad. Railroad accidents in Connecticut and elsewhere often result in fatalities; those who survive their injuries are often left permanently disabled.

Need help navigating the railroad disability benefits process?

News stories over the past few years have often included horrific details of train accidents in various parts of the United States. Many such accidents involve passengers and/or pedestrians; others involve workers themselves. If a recovering injured railroad worker in Connecticut is unable to return to his or her particular workplace duties, he or she may be able to claim railroad disability benefits to help make ends meet in the meantime.

Workers can seek employer accountability after railroad accidents

In April 2016, an Amtrak engineer was on duty. Just before 8 a.m., the man operating a train saw a potential hazard on the tracks ahead of him. There was an accident and the man suffered severe emotional trauma and subsequent disability that he says was the result of the incident. As has occurred following other Connecticut railroad accidents in the past, the man has sought legal accountability against his employer.

How response time may affect railroad worker injuries

Many Connecticut residents recently joined others throughout the nation in viewing a complete solar eclipse. In southern areas that were in the direct path of the projected orbit map, many say complete darkness encompassed their towns for several minutes. In one state, the darkness factor, as well as negligence, is being blamed as causal factors in a disastrous train accident that resulted in railroad worker injuries.

Railroad work plus injury equals FELA process

If you work on a Connecticut railroad and you suffer injury during the normal course of your workplace duties, the workers' compensation process will help you get the benefits to which you are entitled, right? Wrong! Railroad workers find protection under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which is the process you would need to follow to report an injury and get the help you need. Swift action is often the key to securing the compensation to which you may be entitled following a railroad accident.