Not only do railroaders face the danger of significant physical injuries as part of their jobs, there is also the risk of severe psychological injuries and trauma. This occurs when railroaders endure near-death experiences or emotional trauma witnessing the death of co-workers or others. Many times, railroaders are experiencing both – they have been physically and emotionally injured in an accident.
Poolson Oden had had the opportunity to represent engineers and conductors who were involved in grade-crossing accidents where the train had hit cars, trucks, or even pedestrians walking on the tracks. Engineers and Conductors are forced to watch someone be seriously injured or killed as a result of the collision. Railroaders also can be hurt in these collisions or fear for their own life wondering if the train is going to derail or catch on fire. Conductors are also forced to investigate the scene of these horrific accidents to determine if individuals are dead or alive, with little or no training on what to do. Under these circumstances, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] can develop and be debilitating.
It is important to speak with an experienced FELA attorney familiar with these types of psychological injuries. It is important to address with your doctors the anxiety, depression, fear or alienation you are experiencing, and figure out the best treatment to help you recover. We want to help you assemble the best team of medical experts to hold the railroad or others responsible for these devastating injuries.
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