Railroads still play an important role in the San Diego of the 21st century. In fact, with recent investments in high speed rail, more and more people will likely be traveling, commuting and shipping by train. Unfortunately, with that increase in activity, the chances are that the people that work on these vital commercial and transportation arteries will face additional dangers and risks to their health and safety.
Fortunately, the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) exists to protect the workers that ply their trade throughout the stockyards and depots. If you have been injured at your railroad job you need to contact the San Diego law firm FELA attorneys O'Mara & Padilla immediately. If you do not report your accident promptly, you risk losing your right to seek financial compensation for your injury. Our lawyers understand the complexities required by this type of case and can work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Types of injuries covered by FELA
Although train accident injuries in San Diego often conjure up some intense images, the fact of the matter is the most insidious, the most long term and the most dangerous injuries are often the ones that railroad workers never see until it is too late. Some of the most common railway accident injuries covered by FELA include:
- Grievous bodily harm such as broken bones, trauma, brain damage and death
- Internal injuries caused by vibrations, repetitive stress, and joint degradation
- Railroad occupational health problems such as mesothelioma, cancer, exposure to toxic chemicals and noxious fumes
These are just a small selection of injuries covered by FELA that many railroad workers suffer.
Recourse for Injured Railroad Workers
If you or someone you love was injured on the job as a railroad worker, you need to contact O'Mara & Padilla immediately so that we can get started on your case right away. An important aspect of the FELA is that dependents such as wives, husbands and children of railroad workers can often receive compensation if their primary provider is injured, falls ill, or is killed due to a railway accident.