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What types of railroad worker accidents require filing a claim?

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2022 | Blog, Railroad Worker Injury

While not all job-related injuries may require taking several months off from work, you may still need compensation for your medical expenses. If you experienced an accident while working on a train or at the station, you may file a claim to recover your financial losses.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis, Tennessee’s railroad workers reported 17 job-related injuries during the first half of 2022. Incidents resulting in physical harm involved employees stumbling, slipping or falling. Workers pushed or struck by passengers or objects also led to injuries that required time off to heal.

Certain Injuries could involve more than 100 days off from work

Among the on-duty incidents noted for January 2022, a Williamson County railroad worker’s injuries required an absence of 160 days. Because of a sudden bodily movement while on a moving train, the 55-year-old employee endured a lower back injury.

Tasks involving repetitive motions may also cause injuries. A Davidson County railroad employee required 150 days off to recover from a shoulder injury caused by repeated movements. Tennessee’s railroad workers also reported incidents requiring medical attention or time off for injured limbs.

A fatal railroad accident may require a family’s legal action

In addition to employment-related injuries, 11 railroad workers died while on duty nationwide in 2021, as reported by the National Safety Council. During the previous year, 11 train workers also died while on the job.

If you lose a family member as a result of a work-related accident you may file a legal action for relief. Although a monetary award does not make up for the loss of a loved one, it could help a family recover and move forward.