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Train yards are high-risk areas for railroad worker injuries

Working on a Connecticut railroad is definitely not without its risks. In fact, railroad work is considered one of the most dangerous types of jobs in the United States. Certain job duties pose a higher risk for railroad worker injuries than others. A desk job is undoubtedly safer than working as a conductor or lineman.

Million dollar update on railroad worker injuries case

Although workplace discrimination is illegal, many Connecticut railroad employees still worry about possibly losing their jobs if they were to report an injury or call out an employer regarding unfair treatment in the workplace. A conductor who suffered severe railroad worker injuries in an incident in another state told the court he was blacklisted by the company for reporting his injuries. His case was recently updated when a judge ordered an additional $1 million to be paid beyond the $2.1 million he was awarded in a jury trial last year.

Fatal railroad worker injuries prompt investigation

Duties on a Connecticut railroad sometimes include relocating rail cars from one section of tracks to another. Any type of work that takes place directly on railroad tracks can be dangerous. That is why railroad employers are obligated to provide proper training to help keep their workers as safe as possible. If railroad worker injuries occur because of employer negligence, the Federal Employers Liability Act enables an injured worker to file a personal injury claim in court.

Railroad worker injuries: When legal issues arise during recovery

Working on a Connecticut railroad is often demanding, tiring and dangerous. Railroad worker injuries can occur at any time. Some injuries are the result of sudden, unexpected accidents, while others develop slowly, over time, due to the type of work a particular employee must carry out on a daily basis.

Strong support necessary for railroad worker injuries

In Connecticut and across the country, working on a railroad is dangerous. Any number of issues can arise on any given day that could result in serious railroad worker injuries. If such an incident occurs, it is critical that an injured worker know where to seek emotional, medical, financial and legal support in the weeks and months following the accident.

Family being notified of fatal railroad worker injuries

When accidents happen along Connecticut railroads, the National Transportation Safety Board typically launches investigations. During preliminary investigations, there are often a lot more questions than answers regarding how railroad worker injuries might have occurred and what or who may have caused a particular incident to occur. The name of a man in another state was recently withheld from the media until his family members were notified of his death.

Railroad worker injuries led to $3.5 million jury verdict

Connecticut railroad workers often find themselves at risk for injury as they carry out their duties in the normal course of a workday. Railroad worker injuries often lead to litigation if an injured worker believes employer negligence was responsible for the incident. Sometimes, the worker may also be deemed partially responsible as was the case with a recent jury verdict in another state.

Railroad worker injuries: What type of support is available?

It is no secret that working on a Connecticut railroad is dangerous. In fact, railroad workers throughout the nation are doubly at risk for fatal injury compared to other workers. When fatalities occur because of employer negligence, family members of decedents may seek financial recovery for their losses in court. Not all railroad worker injuries are fatal, however, so it is equally important that workers who survive their injuries understand where to seek support and how to claim benefits to help them during recovery.

Railroad worker injuries due to acute or occupational issues

Most Connecticut employers purchase workers' compensation insurance to provide benefits to employees who are injured on the job. Railroad worker injuries, however, do not fall under such plans because all injury matters on the railroad are governed under the Federal Employers Liability Act, which is entirely different from workers' comp insurance. One thing that makes the FELA unique is that it guarantees injured workers the opportunity to file personal injury claims against negligent employers.

Railroad worker injuries prompt litigation in another state

Connecticut railroad workers aren't always riding trains as they carry out the normal course of duty in the workplace. For instance, a man employed as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad in another state was traveling on a bus that was being transported by the company. An accident occurred that resulted in railroad worker injuries.