Cumulative Trauma Injuries (FELA)

Cumulative Trauma Injuries (FELA)

Railroad work is very physically demanding under the best of circumstances. However, when a railroad ignores basic ergonomic work principles, injury often results. These types of injuries are referred to as “Cumulative Trauma Injuries”, “Repetitive Trauma Injuries”, and “Wear-Out Injuries”. Exercise is generally good for the body, however, when the force, posture and repetition of a job stresses the body beyond its ability to heal, deterioration of the joints results. Over time, the joint simply wears out and develops osteoarthritis. Surgery can provide short term relief, but since osteoarthritis is not curable the injury can have a significant impact on function and lead to a shortened work life.

These Injuries are Avoidable

If railroads employed simple ergonomic work principles, such as medical monitoring, improving posture and force through proper tools and work techniques and education of its management and workforce, these injuries could be avoided.

When railroads fail to employ these long known and understood ergonomic principles and injury results, the Federal Employers Liability Act provides a recovery for the harms and losses that result. Our railroad practice group has successfully handled many such cases. In this type of complex litigation, it is important to present the claims in a timely manner, after full investigation and to employ qualified medical, ergonomic and damages experts to insure the injured railroad worker receives full and appropriate compensation. Since each client’s situation is unique, our firm handles each case on an individual basis. From initial evaluation through settlement or trial, we will handle each case in a skilled and professional manner.

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