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Following hundreds of documented lung cancer and occupational lung disease cases in former BNSF workers, railroad employers have been targeted in workplace toxic exposure claims. Contact our legal team to learn more. 

Investigating workplace injury and diesel exposure cancer claims on behalf of former Barstow Yard workers 

Toxic Exposure Lawyers at The Lyon Firm are reviewing diesel exposure claims for injured railroad workers nationwide. Many former railway employees have fallen ill after years of constant exposure to diesel fumes and other toxins. California Barstow Yard workers have reported chronic workplace exposure to diesel, asbestos, potent solvents, welding fumes, silica, and creosote.

Experts say that even a small amount of occupational exposure to carcinogens like benzene can cause long-term health conditions. For career railyard workers, long-term exposure can greatly raise the risk of later developing related cancers.  

Former Barstow, California railroad workers suffering from a lung disease or a documented diesel-related cancer may file a workplace injury lawsuits to help with rising medical costs. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your railyard injury claims.

What Can I Expect in a Railyard Cancer Settlement?

After years of hard work, former BNSF rail employees deserve to be taken care of by their former employers. A wide range of damages are available in railroad cancer settlements, all of which can be necessary to help cover significant medical bills and lost wages. The following can be sought in your occupational cancer claim:

  • Past, current, and future costs for hospital visits and specialized healthcare
  • Coverage for related medication, operations, and cancer treatments
  • Treatment costs not typically covered by Medicare or your basic health insurance
  • Medical expenses related to long-term therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages will apply if a worker missed work due to an injury or a serious work-related illness
  • Loss of future earnings 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life

Each railroad injury claim will be unique, and the size of your individual settlement will depend on the severity of your illness, as well as your attorney’s experience and ability to negotiate the best terms. Therefore, it’s crucial to hire an attorney who has had success in the past and has experience handling railroad diesel exposure claims.

About Barstow Yard

Barstow Yard is an operational classification rail yard operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) in Barstow, California. Over 150,000 diesel locomotives pass through Barstow Yard each year.

The Barstow depot has a maintenance facility for diesel locomotives and freight cars, along with systems for refueling and cleaning. The property has 48 directional tracks and touts a total area of approximately 600 acres. Barstow Yard is the second largest classification yard west of the Rocky Mountains, and nearly all freight traffic to and from Southern California moves through the junction.

To underscore the issue with significant diesel exhaust emissions, in 2005, the California Air Resources Board signed an agreement with both BNSF and Union Pacific to reduce particulate matter pollution.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

What Types of Cancers Are Linked to Diesel Exhaust?

There are several illnesses and cancers that are thought to be directly associated with chronic workplace diesel exposure. Diesel has been linked to an increased risk for strokes, heart disease, blood cancers, and the following conditions:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Emphysema
  • RADS (Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis 

After an occupational lung disease or cancer diagnosis, Barstow Yard workers may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Workers’ compensation may also be considered, but to make sure compensation packages do not conflict, victims should contact a railroad cancer attorney at (513) 381-2333.

Plaintiffs claims that BNSF and other railroad companies could prevent a good number of cancer cases by providing a safe workplace for employees, warning workers of the health risks, and offering training about the hazards of diesel exhaust and other toxic materials.

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Why Should You File a Lawsuit?

Railroad cancer cases involve serious, life-altering medical conditions that create physical, emotional, and financial hardships for individuals and their families. These injury claims will require legal action to properly resolve.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to toxic materials while working at a rail yard, and have since developed cancer, a lung condition, or another illness, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333. We have the legal experience and resources required to pursue compensation to the fullest extent under the law.

Proper compensation for plaintiffs can recover sizable settlements and will pay for medical expenses, long-term disability, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and lost wages. 


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Barstow Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Illness Lawsuit?

If you were regularly exposed to toxic materials in your railway position, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Determining liability can be complex, but hiring a railroad injury lawyer will greatly improve your chances of reaching the best possible payout.

Who Is Responsible For My Injury?

The courts have ruled in favor of many railroad employees in the past, holding employers responsible for providing a safe work environment. 

BNSF and other employers at Barstow are responsible for educating, training, and protecting employees in high-risk positions. They have a duty to provide and maintain all the proper safety gear. 

Is It Hard To Win a Work Injury Case?

The success rates of settlements regarding toxic occupational diesel exposure injury for railroad staff are quite high. You need to prove that workplace toxic exposure is the primary cause of a lung injury, cancer or other disease, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large settlements.

How Can a Railroad Cancer Lawyer Help Me?

A railroad injury lawyer will assume all of the important tasks related to a lawsuit, such as: researching the state and federal law, hiring experts, gathering medical documentation, tracing the source of your illness, formulating a strong legal strategy, and negotiating for the highest compensation available.

If you or a loved one need legal representation for a railroad cancer lawsuit, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333 to get started on your claim today.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon has two decades of experience, and has litigated toxic exposure cases all over the country. Our legal team takes cases on a contingency fee basis, and we only accept cases we think we can win. 

Call for a free consultation to to learn more about our lawyers.