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Railroad Worker Injuries

At REDDY LAW, we fight for people with serious injuries.

Railroad Worker Injuries

The most common injuries we see are back or neck-related. However, we have experience representing clients with a wide range of serious and permanent injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and post-concussion syndrome. 
  • Shoulder injuries, including complex rotator cuff tears. 
  • Knee injuries such as torn MCL or ACL. 
  • Limb crush injuries, such as a crushed arm, hand or foot resulting in amputation. 
  • The traumatic loss of a limb. 
  • Ankle injuries. 
  • Heel fracture. 
  • Elbow injuries. 
  • Multiple bone fractures. 
  • Neck injuries, including those requiring anterior cervical interbody fusion (ACIF). 
  • Back injuries, including those requiring spinal fusion. 
  • Dropped foot from spinal injury. 
  • Eye injuries. 
  • Facial injuries requiring oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, and dental implants. 
  • Degloving injuries. 
  • Skull fracture. 
  • Severe puncture wounds. 
  • Comminuted calcaneus fractures. 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
  • Burn injuries. 
  • Respiratory illnesses, Asthma, and Reactive Airway Disease (RADs). 
  • Wrongful death. 
  • Impinged nerves. 
  • Brachial plexus injuries. 
  • Mesothelioma. 
  • Cancer. 

Deadheading Injuries

Railroaders say crew transportation by outside companies is one of their biggest safety concerns. The drivers often appear tired or unskilled, and the vans appear poorly maintained. Their lives are literally in these drivers' hands, often at night, in terrible weather conditions. When an employee is injured while deadheading, the railroad may blame everyone but themselves. But don't be fooled; when these outside operators are transporting you while at work for the railroad, these operators are agents of the railroad. The railroad is responsible for their negligence. 

The Railroad’s Responsibility
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Arguments We’ve Encountered
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What To Do If You Are Hurt While Deadheading
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Important Tip
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Unsafe Walking Conditions

Every year, unsafe ground/walking conditions injure many railroaders. Slips, trips, and falls are the most common types of injuries on the railroad. Virtually any foreign object on the ground in a rail yard or along a railroad track can create an unsafe ground condition.

Below are a few examples:

Poor Lighting At Night
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Bad Ballast
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Track Repair
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Unsafe Tools & Equipment

Railroad workers must use various tools and equipment, ranging from backhoes and jackhammers to radios and wrenches. These tools are provided to them by the railroad. Over the years, improvements have been made to many of the tools railroaders could use to perform their jobs. Unfortunately, railroads frequently will not provide their workers the newer, safer, but more expensive tools. 

How can a railroader be injured by unsafe tools? 

Unsafe tools and equipment can cause injuries depending on the tool or equipment involved. Below are some examples of how unsafe tools and equipment can cause harm to railroad workers. 

Improper Tools For the Job
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Tool Malfunction
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Inadequate Training
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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

In the 1950s, the railroad industry began phasing out steam-powered locomotives in favor of diesel-powered locomotives. Today, locomotives nationwide use diesel engines, which emit harmful diesel exhaust.

What Is Diesel Exhaust?
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What are the recognized health effects of diesel exhaust exposure?
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How are railroaders exposed to diesel exhaust?
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