Torn Shoulder Labrum in Railroad Workers

A labral tear of the shoulder occurs when the shoulder cartilage, known as the labrum, is damaged, frays and/or sustains tears. Because the labrum stabilizes and secures the shoulder joint, when an individual sustains a torn shoulder labrum, he or she is also more likely to experience a shoulder dislocation.

In some cases, labral tears of the shoulder occur as a result of aging or repetitive motion strain. In other instances, a single traumatic event, such as a collision or fall, can cause a torn shoulder labrum.

For railroad workers, the chances of sustaining a labral tear of the shoulder are particularly high, due to the physical nature of the job, as well as the inherent risks of working in the railroad industry. Given that railroad occupations can be especially dangerous, these workers are protected by a distinct law, known as the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), should they be injured on-the-job.

Compensation via FELA is typically higher than awards granted via traditional workers' compensation laws. As a result, it's vital that injured railroad workers meet with an experienced FELA attorney – before filing workers' compensation – to find out if they are entitled to a higher settlement via FELA statutes.

If you or a loved one sustained a torn labrum while working in the railroad industry, contact Gordon & Elias, L.L.P. for help today. We have helped hundreds of injured railroad workers recover compensation for their physical, emotional and financial damages and can help you. Toll free 800-773-6770.

Symptoms of Labral Tears

The precise symptoms of a torn shoulder labral will depend on the area of the labrum that is torn, as well as the severity of the tear. In general, however, labral tear symptoms include:

  • achiness
  • “catching? sensation within the shoulder when the arm is moved
  • impaired movement of the arm
  • pain

Anyone who experiences the above symptoms should seek immediate medical attention to receive a proper diagnosis and to prevent further injury. To confirm or rule out a torn labrum, doctors will perform x-rays and MRIs on the shoulder joint.

Causes of Torn Shoulder Labrum in Railroad Workers

While a number of events can result in labral tears, for railroad workers, specific causes of this injury may include (but aren't limited to):

  • collisions (such as when railroads collide with objects on the tracks)
  • crushing incidents (in which an object falls on an individual)
  • heavy lifting
  • falling (either from a height or due to a slippery surface)

What to Do Following a Railroad Labrum Injury?

It's essential that injured railroad workers:

  • Seek emergency medical care to preserve their health.
  • Follow through with all prescribed treatments for the best chances of recovery.
  • Meet with an experienced FELA attorney, once their health is stable, to learn more about their legal rights.

During a free initial consultation, FELA lawyers will:

  • Determine whether an injured railroad worker is entitled to a settlement via FELA.
  • Inform prospective plaintiffs about the process associated with recovering compensation for their injuries and losses.
  • Provide prospective plaintiffs with expert advice regarding the best manner in which to pursue their case.

Recovering Compensation

At Gordon & Elias, L.L.P., we help railroad workers who have suffered serious physical injuries on the job, including a torn shoulder labrum recover compensation for damages, including:

  • outstanding hospital bills
  • future treatments
  • lost wages
  • permanent disabilities
  • future living expenses (should permanent disability prevent them from earning a living)
  • pain and suffering

Have you or a loved one suffered a torn shoulder labrum after working in the railroad industry? If so, contact Gordon & Elias, L.L.P. today to talk to an experienced FELA attorney who will evaluate your case and help you recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Call (800) 773-6770 today.