Cumulative Trauma Injuries to the Shoulders on Switchman

Unfortunately, cumulative trauma injuries to the shoulders are common occurrences among railroad workers, particularly switchmen. Injuries are sustained after years of repetitive stress on the shoulders and arms in workers who are required to regularly lift their arms over their heads, lift heavy objects and engage in repetitive shoulder and arm movements such as pulling a switch.

Although complex and difficult to prove, these types of cases are springing up as more railroad employees seek compensation for the damage incurred to their bodies after years of working for the railroad industry.

Switchmen, in particular, are at risk of developing injuries to their shoulders over time. Such injuries may include:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Frozen shoulder syndrome, a painful disorder in which movement is impaired by scar tissue
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome, a condition marked by chronic pain when the shoulder is raised; caused by inflammation in the rotator cuff

Knowledgeable Counsel is Needed in Cumulative Trauma Claims

Of course one would think that it would be a no-brainer to win a case of repetitive trauma on behalf of a worker, who for years engaged in repetitive arm movements. However, it is not that simple. Cumulative trauma claims are relatively new and can be more complex than “single event” FELA cases.

Single event claims include physical injuries that are caused by a single event or accident such as a slip and fall or a collision. Insurance carriers are a little more reluctant to settle cumulative trauma claims out of fear that any person who has worked in the industry will come to them seeking compensation for the wear and tear their bodies have endured over the years (which essentially could be anyone).

Because of this, it is crucial for railroad workers who have been diagnosed with shoulder injuries (or other cumulative trauma injuries) to seek out legal counsel from a law firm that has an in-depth understanding of FELA claims — cumulative trauma claims in particular.

Compensation is Available For Injured Switchmen

Gordon & Elias has done just that. We are pleased to have joined forced with some of the leading cumulative trauma lawyers in the country. We are well equipped to take even the most complex repetitive motion cases to trial. While there is always a chance of losing the case, we are prepared to guide you through the legal process and fight aggressively to recover the maximum compensation for your losses.

Recoverable compensation may include (but is not limited to):

  • Medical bills/cost of surgery if necessary
  • Physical pain/ permanent disabilities
  • Emotional trauma, mental anguish
  • Lost wages when injuries prevent the railroad employee from working

Over the years, FELA attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for railroad workers who have suffered cumulative trauma injuries. If you’re a railroad worker who has been hospitalized for a shoulder injury, or have had to undergo shoulder surgery, you are advised to contact an experienced railroad attorney as soon as possible.  

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