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Railroad Injuries Can Occur Suddenly or They Can Progress Over Time

February 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 227

Railroad employees work hard and are subject to a variety of injuries that can easily occur on the job. What some don't realize is the injuries can be both sudden and life changing as well as progressive and debilitating.

A railroad injury can happen when equipment malfunctions or when there are co-workers who are careless or negligent on the job. When working on the railroad the foremen has the job of making sure work goes smoothly but also makes sure that safety guidelines are upheld at all times.

When you are injured while working on the railroad you run the risk of losing wages while you recover, living with pain and suffering and psychological distress. Recovering from a railroad injury can take time and challenging rehabilitation.

A lot of injuries that happen while working on the railroad occur in a split second and are completely unexpected. Other injuries happen slowly and progress throughout the years. Railroad workers can suffer from strained back muscles and damage to joints and ligaments. Additionally there is a constant exposure to solvents, toxins and particulate matter that can cause severe injuries that are debilitating over time.

These types of injuries can be severe and life changing. They can result in piles of medical bills, significant pain and suffering and sometimes death. It can become impossible to continue to perform job functions and also make daily tasks challenging or impossible.

When some people think of railroad injuries they are reminded of the historic case of Phineas Gage. In the 19th century Gage worked on the railroad. In a random accident there was an explosion that went off at the wrong time. Gage was struck in the head with a tamping iron that went into his skull. Amazingly this injury did not kill Gage. However the brain injury did change his personality. He went from being a kind and benevolent person to a depressed and aggressive personality.

Gage's injury is an extreme example of how drastically a railroad injury can change your life.

For railroad workers today it is important to stay alert on the job at all times. Following safety regulations is imperative to avoiding accidents and regular physicals and health monitoring can help catch a progressive injury in the early stages.

If an injury does happen know your rights under the workers compensation laws of your state. After an injury you should not suffer with medical bills and lost wages. Protect yourself by seeking help from a workers compensation attorney who has experience in railroad injuries.

At Malman Law we are experienced Chicago injury lawyers. If you believe someone you love has been injured due to the error of another person contact us. We offer free, no obligation legal evaluations as well as our No Fee Guarantee. This means that if we do not win an award for you then you do not owe any legal fees. In addition to personal injury, our Chicago injury lawyers handle: wrongful death, workers compensation, dog bites, nursing home abuse, wrongful death, and product liability. Contact Malman Law 24/7 at 1-888-625-6265 or visit us at

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