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Slips, Trips & Falls on the Railroad: When a Simple Fall Leads to Serious Injury

Posted by Brad Ponder | May 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

The railroad industry is a vital part of the American economy, but it's also inherently dangerous. While catastrophic accidents often grab headlines, a surprisingly common cause of injury for railroad workers is the seemingly innocuous slip, trip, and fall. Don't underestimate these incidents – a simple fall on railroad property can lead to serious and life-altering injuries.

Why Are Slips, Trips & Falls Common on Railroads?

Railroad workers navigate a complex environment with various hazards that can cause slips, trips, and falls,including:

  • Uneven surfaces: Tracks, yards, and maintenance areas can have uneven surfaces due to weather, wear and tear, or spilled materials.
  • Poor lighting: Working at night or in poorly lit areas can lead to unseen hazards.
  • Grease, oil, and water spills: These can create slippery conditions on walkways and work areas.
  • Cluttered workspaces: Debris, tools, and equipment left in walkways can cause tripping hazards.

The Potential Impact of a Fall

While some slips and falls may result in minor injuries, the consequences can be severe. Common injuries from railroad falls include:

  • Broken bones: Hips, wrists, ankles, and arms are most susceptible to fractures.
  • Head injuries: Concussions and more serious head trauma can occur, especially without proper head protection.
  • Spinal cord injuries: These can be devastating, leading to paralysis and permanent disability.
  • Back and neck injuries: Falls can cause herniated discs, muscle strain, and chronic pain.

How FELA Can Help After a Railroad Fall

The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) protects railroad workers who are injured due to their employer's negligence. If you suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury on the job, FELA can help you recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses: Past, present, and future medical costs associated with your injury.
  • Lost wages: Compensation for wages lost due to your inability to work while recovering.
  • Reduced earning capacity: If your injuries limit your ability to perform your previous duties, FELA can help recover lost future earnings.
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain caused by your injury.

What to Do After a Slip, Trip & Fall Injury

If you are injured in a slip, trip, and fall on railroad property, it's crucial to take the following steps:

  • Seek immediate medical attention: Documenting your injuries with a medical professional is essential for your FELA claim.
  • Report the incident: Inform your supervisor about the accident and fill out any necessary accident reports.
  • Gather evidence: If possible, take photos of the scene of the fall, any contributing hazards, and your injuries.
  • Contact a FELA lawyer: An experienced FELA lawyer can help you understand your rights, investigate the cause of the fall, and file a claim to pursue fair compensation.

Ponder Legal Group: Your FELA Advocates in Washington DC

At Ponder Legal Group, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardships railroad workers face after a slip, trip, and fall injury. We are committed to protecting your rights and fighting for the compensation you deserve under FELA.

Contact us today for a free consultation with a FELA lawyer in Washington DC. We can help you navigate the legal process and ensure your voice is heard.

Don't let a simple fall derail your future. Let Ponder Legal Group help you get back on track.

About the Author

Brad Ponder

Brad specializes in complex litigation, including class actions and mass torts in both state and federal court. He represents consumer and business owners in a variety of lawsuits, including class actions and high-stakes litigation against major corporations. 


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