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Toxic Exposure

Railroad Injury Lawyers Representing Former Workers Diagnosed With Occupational Cancers
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Railroad Diesel Exhaust Cancer Lawyers

Many current and former railroad workers across the country have fallen ill after decades of service as a result of occupational exposure to toxic materials. Many of these workers and their families have filed personal injury lawsuits to help them cope financially with mounting medical expenses and lost future earnings. 

Investigating diesel exposure cancer claims on behalf of Union Pacific (UP) and chicago & north western (CNW) workers

Our occupational cancer lawyers represent new clients nationwide in a wide variety of toxic exposure cases. We have worked with plaintiffs in workplace injury lawsuits that involve chronic exposure to benzene, asbestos, welding fumes, creosote, silica dust, ballast dust, industrial solvents, and diesel exhaust fumes. If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with a cancer potentially associated with work at a rail yard, contact our legal team to investigate.

We work with industry experts to build strong cases and we have the experience to take the lead while you focus on your health and spend time with your family. We aim to compensate victims of railroad toxic exposure for the following:

  • Pain and Suffering: there are a number of non-material damages that we seek on behalf of our railroad cancer clients, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, reduced quality of life and wrongful death.
  • Medical Costs: hospital and medical bills add up very quickly, and many of our clients need help to pay for rising medical costs. We will seek compensation for all costs of treatment, surgery, doctor’s consultations, medications, long-term disability and rehab.
  • Lost Wages: if you are unable to return to the workforce, or unable to work in the same capacity, we can seek not only lost wages in the past but lost future earnings as well to sure up your financial future. There are also job training programs available that can be paid for by the settlement. 

About CNW

The Chicago and North Western (CNW) was a Class I railroad in the midwest that operated over 12,000 miles of track at their peak. The CNW became one of the longest railroads in the United States at one point as a result of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway. Union Pacific (UP) purchased the company in April 1995 and integrated the remaining operations into their existing business.

We are reviewing cases of cancer linked to employment at any railroad company, including CNW and Union Pacific. 

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Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon has two decades of experience in the field of toxic exposure and product liability law. The firm has settled numerous workplace toxic exposure cases involving asbestos, benzene, diesel fumes, and other substances that may be present at any given rail yard throughout the country.

We work with industry experts that have the ability to assess your case and determine the value of your claims based on your work history, medical conditions and your current employment status. Our lawyers take the lead and guide you through this complex process, while you can focus on your health and spend time with your family.

The Lyon Firm has shown consistent results, and has settled toxic exposure claims in claims against some of America’s largest corporations. We take pride in fighting for a safe work environment, and believe that any victim of occupational toxic exposure has the right to seek compensation.


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What Cancers Are Linked To Diesel Exhaust Exposure?

There are a number of cancers and other serious medical conditions associated with workplace diesel exhaust exposure. Diesel, which contains benzene, a known carcinogen, has been linked to the following:

  • 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 

It is important for our clients to contact us as soon as you receive a confirmed diagnosis due to a statute of limitations that can impact your case. Once we can review your medical records, we can begin investigating your work history to see if there is a clear link and evidence that we can use to build your case. 

Chicago & North Western Railroad employees may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Workers’ compensation may also be considered, although it is typically best to contact an attorney before you file these claims to make sure you are not shortchanged. Your individual case may require a personal injury claim, which we can negotiate on your behalf. 

Chicago & North Western Cancer FAQ

Can I File A Diesel Cancer Lawsuit?

If you were regularly exposed to diesel fumes or other toxic materials at a rail yard, and later developed a related illness, you are likely eligible to file a personal injury claim. 

Determining liability can be complex, but that is the job of our legal team and the experts we hire. All we need to get started is your medical records and work history documents, and we can begin the process. 

Is My Employer Liable For Occupational Cancer Cases?

Not every case is the same, so we cannot say for certain that your employer directly contributed to your illness.  However, many employers in the railroad industry failed to properly warn workers of the risks of working around benzene, solvents, welding fumes, diesel fumes, asbestos, creosote and silica sand. Employers generally have a duty to provide protective equipment and to educate workers on the risks of any industrial work site. 

What Compensation Can I Expect in a Railroad Cancer Case?

The settlement we reach will depend on your specific medical condition, the severity of your illness, whether you can still work, your specific work history, and whether we can draw a clear line between your past work and toxic materials on the job site. With that said, we have settled toxic exposure cases in the past for six and seven figures. We aim to get all medical expenses paid for, as well provide families with lost wages and future earnings. In egregious toxic exposure cases, punitive damages may be awarded to plaintiffs. 

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About Occupational Cancer Lawsuits

Our lawyers believe that any employer, in the railroad industry or in other sectors, has a duty to protect their workers with proper ongoing training, well-maintained safety gear, and other safeguards in any work environment that may contain materials hazardous to the health. 

Should these employers fail in this regard, and a worker later develops a related cancer, they may be named a defendant in a workplace injury and occupational cancer lawsuit. Our firm has settled numerous toxic exposure cases on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide. Contact our legal team to discuss your unique case.