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Railroad Cancer Lawsuits

Railroad Workers at Increased Risk of 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.

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.

COMMON CANCERS LINKED TO RAILROAD WORK

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Myelodyplastic Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
RAILROAD OCCUPATIONS OFTEN EXPOSED TO DANGEROUS CARCINOGENS
  • Carmen
  • Clerical workers
  • Conductors
  • Engineers
  • Machinist
  • Mechanics
  • Roundhouse workers
  • Switchmen
  • Track maintenance workers
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 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.
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    THOMAS J. HENRY – 2016 TEXAS’ TOP RATED LAWYERS

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    THOMAS J. HENRY – PREMIER LAW FIRM OF 2016

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  • RECENT RECALL RESULT

    $30.2 Million

    Net to Client: $20.1 Million | Expenses: $39,576.15 | Attorney Fees: $10,060,980.00

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