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Railroad Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Workplace Injury Lawyer Filing Cancer Claims on Behalf of BNSF Hobart Yard Workers
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Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Reviewing occupational illness and lung cancer cases for former Hobart Yard employees

Due to the size of the Hobart Yard in Commerce, California, there have been several environmental concerns from not only BNSF workers on site, but the surrounding community that has argued the amount of diesel emissions violate the California Clean Air Act. 

According to testimony from many former BNSF  railroad workers, employment at a rail yard can be hazardous to the health. Regular occupational exposure to diesel fumes, asbestos, solvents, fuels, welding fumes, silica, and creosote has led to the diagnosis of cancer and many other related conditions. 

Work safety experts and the CDC has stressed that even small amounts of occupational exposure to diesel and other toxins can lead to long-term health complications. The following conditions and cancers have been linked to diesel exhaust exposure:

  • 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 

Any former Hobart Yard staff or BNSF worker that gets a confirmed cancer or lung disease diagnosis may have a claim to significant compensation for their employer’s negligence. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your railroad injury claims.

Who Can File a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

Any individual who worked for years at a rail yard in California or elsewhere who later falls ill due to workplace toxic exposure can file a claim. If you are not certain whether or not you were exposed to toxic materials, contact our legal team to review your work history and your medical records. The following can be covered in an occupational lung disease compensation package:

  • All related healthcare and medical costs
  • Any medication, surgery, or treatments related to your occupational illness
  • Medical bills that will not be normally covered by basic health insurance
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
  • If an individual has to stop working for a period of time because of an injury or illness sustained at the workpalce, they can be compensated for lost wages
  • If a worker can no longer perform the same duties or hold a job due to permanent disability, they can recover lost future earnings

Each railway injury claim is unique and the size of a work disability settlement will depend on the severity and exact diagnosis, as well as your lawyer’s ability to negotiate with your employer without going to trial. Consider the importance of hiring an attorney who has proven success and has experience handling railroad diesel exposure cancer claims.

About Hobart Yard

Sitting on 243 acres of land outside downtown Los Angeles, the BNSF Hobart Yard and Commerce facilities handle the world’s largest amount of domestic intermodal freight. Because it is so busy and the number of diesel locomotives passing through each day, it has been a challenge to maintain a safe work environment. It has been argued that the persistent may impact almost any worker in the area, and can later lead to related illnesses and cancers.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Over the last two decades, our lawyers have obtained  seven and six-figure settlements in toxic exposure cases. Call for a free consultation and view our Case Results page to learn more about specific litigation. 

We have the experience, the resources and the dedication to take on occupational cancer claims for railroad workers nationwide. We work with industry experts to build a strong case, and to properly guide you through the complex process. We only need your work history and your medical documentation to begin filing a claim on your behalf. 

Filing a lawsuit may sound daunting at a tough time in your life, but we assume all the difficult tasks and all financial risk. Allow us to help you in a time of need, and to improve your financial picture for the future. 


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What Railroad Workers are at High Cancer Risk?

Certain positions have historically faced a higher degree of health risk, particularly those involving working closely with toxic materials in poorly ventilated shops or roundhouses. Any Hobart Yard worker that worked in the field as a conductor, engineer, signalman, brakeman, mechanic, machinist, maintenance staff, trackman, carman or equipment operator could have chronically been exposed to diesel fumes, asbestos, benzene, welding fumes and silica. 

Many injured workers have made claims that railroad companies could prevent a number of cancer cases by providing a safe workplace for employees, warned workers of the health risks, and offered training about the hazards of diesel exhaust and other toxic materials at work sites.

If any employer fails to provide proper safety gear and an illness later occurs, the company may be held accountable. OSHA and other work safety agencies have mandated certain worker protections, and if these regulations are violated, an employer can be fined or taken to court by individual plaintiffs.  

After you get a confirmed diagnosis of a lung disease or cancer, you can file injury claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Workers’ compensation could also help, but to be sure of conflicting disability claims, former rail workers should contact a railroad injury attorney at (513) 381-2333.

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Why File Work Injury Lawsuits?

Railroad injury claims are important for a number of reasons. For one, your financial outcome should improve dramatically after filing a lawsuit to recover damages for all incurred medical costs and lost wages. Second, most plaintiffs report feeling more at peace after justice has been served to any negligent employer. By holding a company accountable for failing to protect its workers, you are doing today’s employees a great service. 


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Hobart Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Diesel Cancer Lawsuit?

If you fell ill years after initial chronic exposure to diesel exhaust working for BNSF, CSX, Union Pacific or another rail company, you probably have a good claim to compensation. 

Workers who were exposed to toxins deserve to be taken care of after years of hard work in a dangerous work environment. Reach out to an experienced railroad cancer lawyer to review your case. 

Is BNSF Responsible For My Injury?

BNSF and other railroad outfits are legally bound by federal work safety regulations. If they violate any OSHA standard or fail to warn, educate and protect workers from workplace toxins, they may be heal responsible.

What is a Railroad Work Injury Case Worth?

There is really no cap on what a plaintiffs can be awarded by a jury who sides with former workers who claim that their former employers knew about the risks of working around toxins and failed to do anything about it. That is typically why many industrial employers now settle out of court, because they do not want to risk a huge verdict that could include tens of millions in punitive damages. 

With that said, The Lyon Firm has settled toxic exposure cases for six and seven figures, and will fight to get you the best settlement terms available.  

How Can An Attorney Help Me and My familiy?

We will find you justice and much-needed financial support for the future. We take pride in taking on the nation’s biggest corporations when the working class labors for years and pays the ultimate price. 

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.

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