Cumulative Traumatic Injuries

Cumulative Traumatic Injuries

What are cumulative traumatic injuries?

Many of the worst railroad injuries are not caused in a single accident, but occur through repetitive stress and strain on the railroad worker's joints and muscles. The worker is often unaware of the injury in its early stages, as it develops gradually over a period of months or years. By the time the victim begins to feel symptoms, the damage has often progressed to a point where treatment may be only partially successful. If you suffer from a cumulative traumatic injury, it is advisable to discuss the matter with a seasoned railroad injury lawyer who can evaluate the situation and determine whether you may have a claim under the FELA. If employer negligence is at fault for your injury, The Law Offices of Martin E. Jackson can help you file a lawsuit to recover monetary compensation.

Railroad companies are required by law to provide a safe workplace environment for their employees, which is not limited to precaution against catastrophic accidents. If your employer failed to implement strategies to reduce workplace injuries, best practice guidelines and safety training, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Many railroad workers are forced to work under hazardous conditions and are not informed of strategies they can use to mitigate the impact of actions such as heavy lifting and repetitive motion on the body.

Cumulative Traumatic Injury FELA Lawsuits

Cumulative traumatic injuries afflict all types of railroad workers, from signalmen and brakemen to engineers and laborers. Common examples include muscle strains, tendonitis, pinched nerves, carpel tunnel syndrome, vibration white finger, back pain and joint injuries. Treating these conditions early is crucial, as they grow worse with time and can become impossible to fully heal. You must file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, but it is often difficult to determine the exact date when an injury of this type began. An attorney who has experience with railroad injuries can discuss the condition with you to determine the most effective course of action.

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