Railroad Cancer Lawsuits
REPRESENTING RAILROAD WORKERS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Railroad workers face a variety of workplace hazards each day – among the most prevalent is work-related cancer. It is a tragic truth that railroad workers are at an increased risk of developing debilitating and fatal cancers. Additionally, many railroad workers are never properly compensated for their injuries.
Thomas J. Henry is dedicated to granting railroad workers a means to recover damages for cancer-related injuries. Many occupations in the railroad industry are exposed to cancer causing chemicals, including:
- Clerical workers
- Roundhouse workers
- Track maintenance workers
STUDIES LINK HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS TO CANCER IN RAILROAD WORKERS
A study of 55,000 railroad workers found that workers who operated trains were 40% more likely to develop lung cancer than the general population. The study was able to link the increased cancer risk to diesel exhaust, which contains benzene, a known carcinogen.
Many railroad workers have also been exposed to high levels of asbestos, another known carcinogen. For decades, asbestos was commonly used in sealants, gaskets, brake pads, brake lining, and insulation materials.
Other cancers linked to railroad work include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Bone Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Myelodyplastic Syndrome
- Skin Cancer
HOW DO I FILE A RAILROAD CANCER LAWSUIT?
Railroad workers and employees seeking compensation for an injury or illness are required to file their lawsuit under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).
FELA allows railroad workers and employees to sue railroad companies for injuries or illness caused or contributed to by a railroad company’s negligence. Under FELA, claimants are able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Chemotherapy costs
- Radiation therapy costs
- Lost income
- Loss of earning power
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
HOW MUCH IS MY RAILROAD CANCER LAWSUIT WORTH?
Due to the debilitating nature of railroad-related injuries there is no cap on damages that can be recovered in FELA lawsuits. This means the amount recovered by victims can vary drastically based on the severity of the injuries or illnesses sustained.
Past railroad cancer lawsuits have resulted in:
- $7.5 million being awarded to a railroad worker who was diagnosed with cancer after years of exposure to toxic chemicals while on the job.
- $3.1 million being awarded to the family of a Illinois railroad worker who died of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
- $58 million being awarded to 47 Norfolk & Western Railway employees who were exposed to TCDD, or dioxin.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED RAILROAD INJURY ATTORNEY TODAY
If you or a loved one developed a severe illness such as cancer while working in the railroad industry, contact our workplace injury law firm immediately. At Thomas J. Henry, we handle a multitude of on-the-job injury cases, and we believe that you are entitled to compensation for your injuries due to your employer’s negligence. In the railroad industry, workers of all kinds are exposed to harmful, toxic chemicals that can cause various types of cancer and other serious maladies. It is important that you seek an injury attorney with the financial and legal resources necessary to develop your case properly. Call Thomas J. Henry immediately for a free case review. We will fight for your rights as an injured worker and help you file a FELA claim.
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