If you have spent any amount of time working for a rail company, you know how important your job is – and how hard the work can be. Not only are the days long, but some tasks can be very dangerous for workers. A serious injury can mean that you are out of work for a long time – perhaps even the rest of your life.
One kind of injury that can lead to problems for rail workers is spinal cord injury. Rail workers can damage their backs in a number of different ways: falls, hits, crashes, falling machinery, or equipment malfunctions. Since the spinal cord is so integral to movement and feeling in the body, any damage can leave a worker unable to work or enjoy life the way they used to.
Workers need help after a serious spinal cord injury
If you are a railway worker who has been injured after a serious work-related accident and have hurt your spinal cord, you deserve compensation from your employer. Rail workers injured on-the-job are covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act or FELA.
You have the right to receive compensation from your employer for your work-related injuries. It is in your best interest to ask an experienced FELA attorney for help with railway accident cases, to make sure the railroad or their insurance company does not take advantage of you.
Types of spinal cord injuries
- Spinal cord concussion: a sudden, violent jolt can damage the tissues around the spinal cord, causing a concussion. These types of injuries should be temporary and the pain should go away after a few hours. If it does not, more serious damage could have been done to the spine.
- Spinal cord contusion: happens when bleeding occurs in the spinal column and is similar to a bruise. If blood from the bruise puts too much pressure on the spine neurons can be killed.
- Spinal cord tear: the spinal cord can be torn after a fall or other accident.
- Severed spinal cord: a serious injury that happens when the spinal cord is completely cut in two.
The symptoms of a spinal cord injury will vary depending on what part of the spine was injured and the severity of the injury. Injuries can range from complete paralysis to partial paralysis or difficulty moving or feeling. The more serious the injury, the more difficult it may be for you to return to work.
Injured rail workers: get help today
Need help after a railroad accident? Please contact the lawyers at the Houston based law firm of VB Attorneys. Our experienced FELA attorneys will ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you need after a workplace accident.