Hand, Wrist & Elbow Injuries
Working for the railroad industry increases the likelihood that individuals will develop cumulative stress injuries in their elbows, wrists and hands. Commonly, these injuries include (but aren't limited to):
- carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- stress fractures
- tennis elbow
- trigger finger (a form of tendonitis)
- ulnar tunnel syndrome (UTS)
Such conditions can be painful and incurable. The most severe cases of repetitive injuries to the hands, wrists and elbows occur in individuals who have been working for CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern or any other railroad company for extended periods of time.
Should you or a loved one be a railroad worker diagnosed with a cumulative injury to the elbow, wrist or hand, it's crucial that you consult an experienced attorney who understands FELA law. An attorney for injured railroad employees will be able to assess your case and determine whether you qualify to file a legal claim.
For more information about your legal rights, contact a railroad lawyer at Gordon & Elias, L.L.P. today. We will schedule a private consultation to discuss your circumstances and help you recover any compensation you are entitled to.
Symptoms of Hand, Wrist & Elbow Injuries
You may be suffering from a repetitive stress injury to the elbow, wrist or hand if you start experiencing any combination of the following (in the elbow, wrist or hand specifically):
- difficulty gripping
- lack of dexterity
- limited range of motion
Such symptoms are, unfortunately, exacerbated by the vibrations of the train. Whole body vibrations refers to the transfer of mechanical energy from the train through an individual's body. WBV has been proven to increase the chances that railroad workers will develop serious, painful repetitive stress injuries.
Risk Factors for Hand, Wrist & Elbow Injuries
Railroad employees are significantly more likely to develop cumulative stress injuries in their hands, wrists and/or elbows if they regularly to do the following:
- hold their arms/hands in awkward postures or grips
- lift heavy loads
- operate the brakes or train signals
- pull switches
- type on computers
Medical Treatments & FELA Settlements
Following diagnosis, treatments for repetitive stress injuries to the hands, wrists and elbows may include:
- anti-inflammatory medications
- cortisone injections
- heat therapy
- physical therapy
- use of splints or wraps to support the injury region
Compensation May Be Available For Your Injuries
Once an individual's health is stable, it's also crucial that he consult with a FELA lawyer to:
- Learn more about his/her legal rights
- Get expert advice on how to pursue a case
- Secure aggressive, professional representation for all future legal proceedings
Railroad employees who are eligible for FELA settlements can recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. For more information, call Gordon & Elias, L.L.P today 800-773-6770 and speak with a FELA attorney who can help you.