Instead of workers’ compensation insurance, railroad workers are covered by a different law called the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). This law was enacted in 1908 to protect and compensate railroad workers who are injured on the job and can’t return to work.
If you work on a railroad and were hurt, you may be eligible for compensation. At ChasenBoscolo, we know that you’re worried about providing for your family when you aren’t getting a paycheck. Let our Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., railroad injury lawyers help you get the money you’re owed—call us at (800) 322-3380 or fill out a free contact request form.
Common Railroad Injuries and Illnesses
Railroad workers like you are often exposed to unsafe work conditions, environmental toxins and other harmful chemicals that can cause conditions like:
Many railroads and railroad structures and facilities were constructed decades ago and contain asbestos. Workers who have been exposed to asbestos may develop mesothelioma, a potentially fatal cancer of the lungs.
Silicon dioxide is used in many construction projects and is often present in railroads. When the material is inhaled, it can cause silicosis, a disease that causes inflammation and scarring in the lungs.
- Repetitive Stress Injuries or trauma
Whether it’s from repetitive work or from riding trains for long periods of time, railroad workers often develop chronic stress conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis and premature arthritis. Traumatic injuries from lifting, slipping, falling or other accidents that involve the neck, back, shoulders and knees are common.
It’s the railroad company’s responsibility to make sure you’re safe from environmental and job-related hazards to help prevent these injuries and illnesses. If the company fails to provide you with a safe working environment, it could be held responsible for your medical bills and lost wages.
Help for Injured Railway Workers in Maryland
At ChasenBoscolo, we know you work hard every day to do your job right and be as safe as possible. But even the safest workers can’t always avoid accidents on the job. We help injured railroad workers throughout the state of Maryland and can help employees of:
- Amtrak (AMTK)
- Baltimore Metro Subway
- Bay Coast Railroad (BCR)
- Canton Railroad (CTN)
- CSX Transportation (CSXT)
- Maryland and Delaware Railroad (MDDE)
- Maryland Midland Railway (MMID)
- Maryland Transit Administration
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
- Washington Metro
- Other Carriers
If you were injured in a railroad accident, contact our railroad injury lawyers as soon as possible. There are time limits on how long you have to file a claim, and we want to make sure you get the maximum compensation possible, as quickly as possible. Call us at (800) 322-3380 or fill out our free online form to get a confidential consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.