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Railroad disability benefits system often difficult to navigate

As a paid employee of a Connecticut railroad, you likely hope to enjoy a safe and long-lasting career. Since railroad work is among the most dangerous jobs in the nation, that may not always be possible, especially if an accident occurs that causes you injury. If you suffer any injury or illness that prevents you from being able to carry out your workplace duties, you may qualify for railroad disability benefits.  

Primary remedy for injured Connecticut railroad workers

Peruse any list of top-ranked dangerous jobs in Connecticut (or the entire nation, for that matter) and you'll likely find railroad work included. If you're a railroad employee, your employer has hopefully provided proper training and equipment to keep you as safe as possible on the job. Your employer has also hopefully kept you informed regarding any potential hazards or regulation changes that impact your duties.

Railroad accidents, FELA and negligence: What's the bottom line?

Anyone in Connecticut who has suffered injury in train crash understands how far reaching the devastation of such tragedies can be. Lives are often forever changed. Sometimes, the aftermaths of railroad accidents also include litigation as made evident by an unfolding situation in another state.  

Who oversees railroad safety in Connecticut?

The Federal Railroad Administration has a special department known as the "Office of Railroad Safety" that oversees rail system safety throughout the nation. It operates out of eight different regional sites around the country. The office employs 400 safety inspectors and administrators whose responsibilities include making sure railroad companies across the country, including in Connecticut, comply with various regulations and safety standards in order to lower the risk for railroad accidents.  

Would safety equipment have prevented railroad accidents?

Traveling by train or working on a Connecticut railroad is part of many residents' lifestyles. Sadly, several serious railroad accidents have taken place throughout the nation in recent months that have caused many passengers and workers to question whether immediate safety upgrades are needed and, perhaps, regulation changes implemented to avoid such disasters from happening in the future. Along a railroad line in another state, an astounding three crashes recently occurred on the same day.  

Is the Federal Railroad Administration investigating your injury?

The Federal Railroad Administration is a department within the U.S. Department of Transportation. As part of its duties, the FRA collects data and analyzes data regarding railroad worker injuries and accidents. If you've been working on a railroad for a while now, you're likely already very much aware of how dangerous such work can be. Railroad accidents often result in catastrophic, if not fatal injuries. Not every accident requires an FRA investigation, however. 

Railroad worker injuries resulted in $5 million jury verdict

A man who used to work for one of the largest freight railroad companies outside Connecticut recently scored a tremendous victory in court regarding multiple injuries he suffered on the job. His situation resulted in a railroad worker injuries jury trial, through which, a ruling was handed down against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to the tune of $5 million. The jury submitted their verdict after listening to courtroom arguments for more than a week.