St. Louis Railroad Worker Neck Injury Attorneys
Help for Railroad Workers Suffering From Neck and Back Injuries
Anyone who has tried to work with a debilitating neck or back injury knows how difficult it can be. In many cases, railroad employees suffering from a neck or back injury are physically unable to perform their basic work tasks. If the employee suffered the injury on the job, compensation may be available for his or her medical bills and the wages they may lose during the process of recovering from the injuries.
Examples of Neck and Back Injuries
There are a number of ways by which employees may hurt their back or neck at a Missouri railroad jobsite. A few examples of common injuries include:
- Sprains: When a railroad worker has to lift a heavy object there is the potential for a stretched or torn ligament. When these tissues that connect bones at the joint become strained, a railroad employee may experience swelling, bruising, pain, and even a substantial loss of mobility.
- Strains: When a tendon is stretched or torn, it is called a strain. Tendons connect muscles to the bone. Workers who lift heavy cargo or operate large pieces of equipment or machinery may suffer this type of injury. This painful injury may occur suddenly or it may progressively get worse over time. Railroad employees with back or neck strains may suffer from severe pain, muscle spasms, and swelling.
- Herniated discs: In between the 26 bones of the vertebrae are the “soft” discs. A herniated disc is when one of the discs slips out of place or ruptures. Railroad workers suffering from a herniated disc should not perform any sort of physical labor until they are fully healed. They may suffer from pain throughout their body, tingling, numbness, muscle spasms or weakness.
- Spinal cord injury: When a railroad worker suffers a traumatic fall or collision, there is the potential for spinal cord damage. When the spinal cord is cut or bruised there is a chance that the victim will suffer a loss of feeling or even paralysis. This catastrophic injury can result from a train accident, a crane accident, a railroad jobsite slip-and-fall accident or an accident involving falling cargo.
- Whiplash: When a railroad employee experiences a sudden and violent shake, as in a falling accident or a train collision, there is the potential for a whiplash injury. This condition can get worse over time and the victim may have to wear a cervical collar to rest the strained area until it is fully healed.
Legal Help for Injured Railroad Workers in Missouri
An experienced St. Louis FELA lawyer can help injured railroad employees seek financial compensation for their losses. The dedicated injury attorneys at Page Law handle all types of workers compensation claims. If you or a loved one has been injured in a railroad accident, call our offices at (314) 322-8515 for a free consultation. We are here to help you and your family.