Railway Accident Workers Comp Claims
Railway accident is one of the classifications in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics for an accident that occurs on the job that brings about an injury to a worker. When a worker is injured in an accident while doing their job for their employer, whatever caused the accident is required to be listed in one of the categories in the OIICS.
It is important to know and understand that railway accident is not a classification for a railroad worker who is injured in a railway accident. Railroad workers are covered under FELA (The Federal Employees Liability Act).
Railway accident is a work related accident classification for a worker who is not a railroad worker. However, the worker is injured during the course of doing their job for their employer in an accident that involves a railway.
Sub Categories of the Railway accident classification
Railway accident is a classification that has several sub-categories. These are:
- Railway accident, unspecified - The type of railway accident and how it took place is not specified
- Collision between railway vehicles - Both vehicles are railway vehicles
- Collision between railway vehicle and other vehicle - One vehicle is a railway vehicle, while the other vehicle involved in the collision is some other type of vehicle
- Collision between railway vehicle and other object - The other object is not a type of railway vehicle
- Fell from and struck by railway vehicle - A worker falls from some kind of railway vehicle and is hit by that railway vehicle
- Derailment - A worker is injured when some kind of railway vehicle is derailed
- Explosion, fire, nec - There is an explosion or fire that involves a railway, and the accident is not elsewhere classified (nec)
- Fall in, on, or from railway vehicle in motion, nec - A worker is injured when they fall in, on, or from some kind of railway vehicle that is moving, and the accident is not elsewhere classified (nec)
- Railway accident, nec - This is some type of railway accident that is not classified somewhere else, not elsewhere classified (nec)
Types of Jobs With High Risk for a Railway Accident
There are jobs that involve a higher risk for a railway accident. Some of these are:
- Clean-up crews
- Construction workers
- Factory workers
- Maintenance workers
- Assembly line workers
- Mine workers
- Industrial workers
Possible Injuries Resulting From a Railway Accident
There are several types of injuries that may be sustained in a railway accident. Some of these include:
- Cuts, abrasions and bruises
- Sprains, fractures and broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Concussions and other kinds of head injuries
- Brain trauma
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Injuries From a Railway Accident?
If you are not a railroad worker and have been injured in a work related railway accident, the thing that you need to know is that you are eligible for workers comp benefits. If you are having trouble getting workers comp, the right thing to do is to put a workers compensation lawyer to work for you.