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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

BNSF St. Louis Intermodal Terminal Work Injury Claims
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Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Filing Toxic Exposure Injury claims on behalf of BNSF workers in St. Louis and nationwide

Saint Louis has been home to many large transportation and industrial powerhouses for the last century. Employing thousands of railroad workers has come with a terrible cost, however, as many toxins at the workplace have sickened former workers years after first exposure.  

The Lyon Firm has filed numerous occupational cancer and work injury claims on behalf of railroad workers nationwide. Diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen, and has been so prevalent in rail yards across the nation that thousands of railroaders have fallen ill with a number of conditions associated with toxic workplace exposure. 

It’s not only diesel fumes, unfortunately. BNSF workers at Lindenwood Yard have also been exposed to other dangerous toxins, possible including asbestos, silica and creosote. Experts have noted that there is really no safe level of exposure to industrial toxins, and the longer the career of a railroad worker, the greater they may be at risk of later developing cancer or lung disease. 

The BNSF Lindenwood Yard, also known as BNSF St. Louis Intermodal Terminal, is located in St. Louis, Missouri and is near Interstate 44 and the Jamieson and Arsenal intersections. The Lindenwood Yard is considered a critical hub in the St. Louis region and processes roughly 60,000 lifts a year. 

Contact a toxic exposure lawyer if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer or another serious occupational illness. You can reach Joe Lyon at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your work history and medical records in order to prepare filing your railroad injury claims.

What is the Value of a Railroad Cancer Claim?

If you were injured at Lindenwood Yard or another BNSF Railway work site, you may have a viable work injury claim. Occupational cancers have been well-documented by industry experts, and it is no secret that exposure to diesel exhaust, benzene or asbestos carries a heavy health risk. 

Every railroad injury case is unique and the size of your settlement will be dependent on the severity of your related illness, your medical bills, and what lost wages must be recovered. If you cannot go back to work, for example, you may be filing for the loss of future earnings for you and your loved ones. Wrongful death cases may also be filed by the next of kin, and may compensate families for the loss of their companion. 


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Was My Cancer Caused By Diesel Exposure?

It is likely that if a worker was consistently working in areas with running diesel engines, and later gets diagnosed with lung cancer or another lung disease, that the diesel in fact contributed to the illness. Your work history and medical records will likely tell the whole story. 

Certain positions at rail yards like the St. Louis Intermodal Terminal – Lindenwood Yard carry a higher risk than others. Occupations that place railroad workers in the vicinity of asbestos and diesel exhaust are considered more at risk, including:

  • Machinists
  • Conductors
  • Engineers
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters
  • Brakemen
  • Mechanics
  • Roundhouse workers

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) may be a first-line claim for injured BNSF workers. Workers’ compensation may also be considered. But these work injury protections may only take you so far, and a proper lawsuit may need to be filed to get you a proper compensation package. To discuss legal action, injured workers should contact a railroad cancer attorney at (513) 381-2333.

Attorneys and work safety advocates have argued that many railroad companies could have prevented occupational lung diseases by properly training staff and providing the necessary safety equipment. Some rail workers say they were never told by their employers that diesel and welding fumes were possibly hazardous to the health. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our legal team has been working in the field of toxic exposure litigation for two decades. We have the resources to build a strong case and to take on large defendants like the railroad corporations. We work with experts nationwide, and represent victims in all fifty states to provide America’s workforce with the justice they deserve. 

Prospective clients can view our Case Results page to learn more about our workplace toxic exposure settlements. Not all claims will be worth seven-figures, though if you have been diagnosed with a cancer after years of toxic exposure at various railyards, you may be eligible for compensation. 

We offer free consultations to all clients, and we work on a contingency fee basis. There is no out-of-pocket costs or financial risk on your end. 

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Should I File a Lawsuit?

Compensation for injured plaintiffs can recover sizable settlements and will help pay for medical expenses, long-term disability, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, lost wages and the loss of future earnings. 

When dealing with a terrible illness, the last thing many of our clients want to do is deal with a long and drawn out legal process. That is why it is important to hire an attorney to take the load off your shoulders. We will assume all the tedious tasks related to your claim, and we will fight for justice and the largest payout possible. 


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Lindenwood Yard Work Injury FAQ

How do you file a railroad cancer claim?

The Lyon Firm will do all the leg work. All you have to do is provide us with the details: work history, medical records, any other documentation. 

Determining liability can be complex, but hiring the best railroad lawyers will greatly improve your chances of reaching a quick and substantial settlement.

Is It Hard To Win these types of Cases?

The success rates of diesel exposure injury claims for railroad workers are quite high. In fact, some recent verdicts against railroad companies have been so large that many of these outfits are very quick to settle with former workers. 

It is necessary to prove that your particular occupational illness was primarily caused by exposure at the workplace, but that is the job of The Lyon Firm and our industry experts. 

What are some common Toxic Exposure Cancers?
  • 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 
  • Mesothelioma
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