Posted On: February 19, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

OSHA Orders Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad and Illinois Central Railroad Co. to Pay Former Worker $80,000 in Back Pay

Illinois Central Railroad Co. and Chicago, Central and Pacific Railroad have been ordered by OSHA to pay a former employee over $80,000 in compensatory damages, back wages, and attorney’s fees for wrongful termination. The former railroad worker was fired after he sustained injuries on the job.

Employers cannot fire a worker for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses. Under the Federal Railroad Safety Act, there are whistle-blower provisions that protects employees when they report violations dealing with railroad security/safety or federal law. Also, under the Federal Employers Liability Act, employees injured in railroad worker accidents can seek compensation for their medical and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

There are built-in dangers to taking on a career as a railroad worker. Unlike other employees (most are covered for work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act), injured or sick railroad employees can file a lawsuit whose outcome is based on comparative negligence.

It is important that you work with an experienced Chicago, Illinois railroad worker accident attorney who can help you with your case. The recovery that you obtain from your FELA lawsuit will help alleviate some of your financial burdens so you can focus on your recovery.

Some examples of railroad worker injuries:

• Ballast injuries
• Slip and fall injuries
• Repetitive motion injuries
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Tendonitis
• Osteoarthritis
• Bursitis
• Exposure to hazardous chemicals
• Asbestosis
• Mesothelioma
• Back injuries

Former Railroad Employee Awarded Over $80,000 in Back Pay, The Epoch Times, February 19, 2010

Related Web Resources:
Illinois Central Railroad On-Line

Federal Railroad Safety Act

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