Is an illness considered an injury by FELA?
Some railroad worker accidents are sudden, resulting in catastrophic injuries. Others, such as railroad worker illnesses, can be brought about by repetitive stress, exposure to environmental pollutants, and toxic chemicals. All of these conditions are considered injuries and covered by FELA.
Some illness on the railroad such as mesothelioma are deadly. Mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure. Work in rail yards is also linked to silicosis and pulmonary problems.
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