Injuries sustained from walking over improper ballast are generally considered preventable and are often the result of railroad company negligence. Ballast is the coarse gravel or rock that is used to form a railroad bed. There are different types of ballast that can be used in the railroad work environment, some being safer than others. Workers who must walk over dangerous ballast are at risk for suffering injuries that can include damage to the feet, ankles, knees, legs and spine, or even cause a musculoskeletal disorder to develop.
Railroad ballast injuries can develop over a long period of time. Studies have found conclusive evidence suggesting that the type of ballast a worker walks on largely determines his risk of developing railroad ballast injuries. When a railroad worker suffers preventable railroad ballast injuries because the railroad work environment was not reasonably safe, the victim may be entitled to compensation for his losses. It is important to keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations which restricts the amount of time a person has to file a railroad ballast injuries claim. The time a statute of limitations begins is typically when the employee learns of the cause of his railroad ballast injuries.
If you would like to learn more about railroad ballast injuries, you may wish to speak to an attorney who has a great deal of experience protecting the rights of injured railroad workers under the FELA.
Our lawyers have handled precedent setting Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) cases. E.J. Leizerman & Associates, LLC is a law firm recognized in the field of Railroad Law, primarily representing injured employees under FELA, the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) and the Safety Appliance Act (SAA). Our firm is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of railroad workers and their families.