Why Slip and Fall Accidents are Common on Railroads
Slip and fall accidents are common in dangerous environments such as rail yards. In some cases, a railroad may be liable if a slip and fall hazard is present.
Recently I noted a Texas case in which the Court of Appeals reaffirmed a $1.2 million judgment awarded to the family of a Union Pacific carman who died from complications from a broken leg sustained after a slip on mud.
Although railroads are inherently dangerous places, an injured worker or the family of a deceased worker, may have a legitimate claim for a slip and fall under FELA if the railroad has contributed to the dangerous condition or should have rectified it.
In the Texas case lawyers representing the deceased worker’s family successfully claimed a longstanding drainage problem at Union Pacific’s rail yard in Houston created muddy conditions that led to the worker’s fall.
In another recent case relating to a fall, a jury in Montana has returned a $500,000 verdict against BNSF over a worker’s fall from a locomotive crane, leading to a back injury.
A lawsuit claimed a scaffolding violated OSHA’s regulations as well as the railroad’s own rules. Before the trial, the court ruled that the defense was prohibited from challenging the plaintiff’s description of the scaffolding because of its failure to preserve the scaffolding as well as investigation photos and measurements. The railroad claimed the worker continued to work for 18 months after his accident.
If you have been hurt on the railroad you should talk to a FELA slip and fall injury lawyer. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.