Railway workers perform necessary but dangerous work and can be stopped short by a variety of serious injuries. One of the most challenging injuries to deal with is an injury to the head.
Any injury to the head, brain, or skull is known as head trauma. Head trauma can result from a number of different rail worker activities. Workers can fall from a platform or from a train, hit their heads on large machinery or be hit by a piece of heavy equipment, or they can be hurt by a moving locomotive.
Types of rail worker head trauma
There are several ways to classify head traumas:
- Closed head injuries: in these cases a worker receives a hard blow to the head, but their skull is not broken.
- Open head injury: also known as a penetrating head injury, results when an object strikes a worker’s head and penetrates their skull, potentially damaging their brain.
- Concussion: results when the brain is shaken and is the most common type of brain injury.
- Contusion: caused when the brain is bruised.
Head trauma alone can be a major problem for an injured rail worker, but it can be worse. In serious railway accidents, head injuries are often accompanies by other types of injuries like spinal cord damage. Multiple injures could mean even greater challenges in the future for a hurt worker.
Signs of serious head trauma
Serious head injuries can lead to hospitalization, expensive doctor’s bills, and brain damage. Signs of serious head trauma include:
- Pupils of different sizes, or changes to an injured worker’s pupils
- Convulsions or vomiting
- Confusion, clumsiness, drowsiness or lack of coordination
- Loss of consciousness
- Clear or bloody fluid draining from head openings like the nose, ears, or mouth
- Facial features that don’t look right or are distorted
- A wound or fracture on the skull or face
- A bruised or swollen face or head
- Difficulty hearing, smelling, seeing, or tasting
- Problems moving one or more arms or legs
- A severe headache or a stiff neck
- Problems talking, slurred speech
Get help after a serious railway accident
Workers injured while working for a railroad may need help after a serious accident. Since many rail workers are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, they may need to file a claim against their employer under the Federal Employers Liability Act or FELA.
You don’t have to fight for justice alone after a serious railroad accident. Please contact the lawyers at the Houston based law firm of VB Attorneys for assistance, and find out more about what a skilled FELA attorney can do for you.