Railway workers are exposed to the risk of suffering injuries at work on a daily basis. Here are some of the potential risks of personal injuries.
Some railway work injuries may be caused by train collisions with other trains or vehicles, objects or people on the tracks and/ or derailments. Derailments may, by the way, also be the result of damaged or faulty lines, issues with the train or vandalism.
Slips, trips and falls
Injuries by slipping or tripping on platforms or trains, in railway offices or buildings, and so on, are fairly common work-related injuries for railway workers. Slips and trips may be caused by lack of maintenance or inspection, poor cleaning systems or spills/leaks.
Many railway workers exposed to asbestos during the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s are now being diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma or pleural thickening caused by this exposure. In addition, railway workers may also suffer vibration white finger; industrial deafness or other work-related diseases.
If you suffer an occupational disease or sustain an injury at work, you may be eligible for work injury compensation. Claims for acute, immediately apparent injuries must be initiated within three years of the accident causing the workplace injuries. Claims for compensation based on cases of industrial diseases have to be started within three years of the disease being diagnosed.
How to claim
It is first of all necessary to confirm that you are eligible to claim for compensation. This can be achieved quickly by simply filling in Accident Advice Helpline’s online compensation calculator, or by chatting to one of the company’s advisors either online or by calling the 24/7 helpline. The no-obligation calls to this line are confidential and free. After confirming claim eligibility, you will be offered the help of a compensation lawyer from Accident Advice Helpline’s in-house legal team.
What happens next?
The solicitor assigned to your case will provide advice and assist you in all aspects of the claim process right through to the completion of the claim. This includes gathering the evidence required to support your claim, dealing with other parties involved, and so on. Most of the processes involved will be dealt with over the phone. As all claims are handled under conditional fee agreements, you pay nothing until your compensation is paid. This no win no fee** process means a percentage of your compensation will be used to cover all incurred expenses.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice