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

Investigating workplace injury and diesel exhaust cancer claims on behalf of former Conrail workers 

The Lyon Firm is reviewing diesel exhaust injury claims for railroad workers nationwide. Many former employees have fallen ill after years of exposure to diesel and other toxic materials. Workers have reported past exposure to diesel fumes, asbestos, solvents, fuels, welding fumes, silica, and creosote. Even a small amount of occupational exposure can cause long-term health conditions, and chronic exposure can greatly raise the risk of later developing certain types of cancer.  

Former Conrail workers suffering from a lung disease or a documented diesel-related cancer may be entitled to significant compensation for their losses. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your railroad injury claims.

What Can I Recover in a Railroad Cancer Settlement?

After years of hard work, former railroad employees deserve to be taken care of by their former employers. A wide range of damages in a railroad cancer lawsuit can be demanded, and which may be necessary to help cover significant, life-long medical costs. The following can be sought in your occupational cancer claim:

  • Past, current, and future hospital bills and medical costs
  • Coverage for related medication, surgery, and other treatments
  • Treatment costs not covered by standard health insurance
  • Expenses related to follow-up therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages (for when a worker must miss work due to an injury or a serious illness)
  • Loss of future earnings (if a worker can no longer work due to their occupational illness)
  • Pain and suffering costs
  • Overall reduced quality of life

Each railroad injury case is unique and the size of your settlement will depend on the severity of your injuries, as well as the lawyer’s experience and ability to reach the maximum payout possible. Thus, it’s critical to hire an attorney who has proven success and has extensive experience handling railroad injury and diesel exposure cancer claims.

About Conrail

Conrail, otherwise known as the Consolidated Rail Corp., was born in the early 1970s with the economic hardships of the Penn Central, Central of New Jersey, Erie Lackawanna, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh Valley, and Reading railroads.

The federal government essentially bailed out the railroads and reorganized them into one corporate entity in 1976. Twenty-two years later, after some better years, the Surface Transportation Board approved the division of Conrail between CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern.

Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX Corporation agreed to acquire Conrail through a joint stock purchase. CSX and NS split most of the Conrail assets between them. Conrail still operates around 1,200 miles  on behalf of CSX and NS, simply serving as a switching and terminal railroad, but they do not handle any real commercial matters.

In 1997, CSX acquired the former New York Central Railroad main line from New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, to Cleveland, Ohio, and the former Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway line to Indianapolis, Indiana (to East St. Louis, Illinois) on a former Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad.

Norfolk Southern was tasked with running the former Pennsylvania Railroad main line, the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Railroad from Jersey City, New Jersey, to Cleveland, and the rest of the former NYC main line west to Chicago, Illinois.


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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 Cancers Are Caused By Diesel Exposure?

There are several illnesses and cancers that are thought to be directly associated with workplace diesel exhaust exposure. Diesel has been linked in studies to strokes, heart disease, leukemias, 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 

Plaintiffs claims that railroad companies could have prevented a number of cancer risks 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 Conrail work sites. 

After a confirmed lung disease or cancer diagnosis, Conrail employees may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Workers’ compensation may also be considered, but to be sure of conflicting compensation packages, victims should contact a railroad cancer attorney at (513) 381-2333.

Which Conrail Workers Are at Cancer Risk?


Rail shop machinists, pipefitters, and electricians have typically been exposed to a significant amount of diesel exhaust, asbestos, and welding fumes. Railroad shops all had solvents, degreasers, lubricants, and fuels on hand, many of which could have been toxic.


In a perfect world, diesel exhaust would remain outside the cabs of locomotives, but in reality that is never the case. Railroad employees have reported having to clean the inside window panes of a cab because of the constant buildup of diesel fuel remnants. Others have complained about dragging home the strong odor of diesel after the workday. 


Conrail employees who maintained and constructed tracks and yards were exposed to diesel exhaust as they worked alongside locomotives, often in poorly ventilated shops and roundhouses.


The mechanics who maintained and repaired Conrail locomotives and cars were often heavily exposed to diesel smoke and fumes, as well as asbestos in a number of rail components. 

Cancer cases may be connected to other railroad locations as well. Contact a lawyer if you have questions about your work location.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Attorneys at The Lyon Firm can help you find answers to difficult questions. We will fight for you and seek rightful compensation. Our law firm has the experience, resources, and dedication to engage some of the nation’s largest corporations to obtain justice for the wrong you have suffered.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Toxic Exposure Attorney. The Lyon Firm has 19 years of experience and success representing victims and plaintiffs in all fifty states.

Occupational Cancer Lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of your illness. Mr. Lyon works with experts nationwide to build evidence and to help individuals understand why an occupational illness occurred.

Proven Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six-figure results. View our Case Results page to learn more about our settlements. 

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why Should I File a Lawsuit?

Railroad injury cases often involve serious, life-threatening medical conditions that create physical, emotional, and financial hardships for an individual and their family. These claims will require legal action to fully resolve.

If you or a loved one were exposed to toxic chemicals while working for a railroad company, and have since developed cancer, lung conditions, or other illnesses, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333. We have the legal experience and resources needed to pursue compensation to the fullest extent under the law.

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


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Conrail Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Injury Lawsuit?

If you were injured on the job, or you were regularly exposed to toxic materials at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Determining liability can be a complex process, but hiring a railroad cancer lawyer will greatly improve your chances of reaching a fast and significant settlement.

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. 

Conrail was responsible for educating, training, and protecting employees in high-risk work situations. They had a duty to provide and maintain all the proper safety gear. 

Is It Hard To Win a Railroad Work Injury Case?

The success rates of settlements regarding toxic occupational diesel exposure injury for railroad staff are quite high. It will be necessary to prove that occupational 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 cancer lawyer can perform all of the important tasks related to a lawsuit, such as: researching the law on your behalf, gathering medical documentation, tracing the source of your medical condition, formulating a strong legal strategy, and negotiating for the highest compensation available under the law.

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.

Your Right to Justice

Filing Occupational Illness Lawsuits

Many clients come to me in the most trying moments of their lives. They are suffering from an injury or an occupational cancer, they’ve lost a family member, their health and financial situation have deteriorated. There are serious losses they may not be able to overcome without taking legal action.

It’s a fear for their future well-being and the fate of their families that have driven them to come to a lawyer and ask, “What available legal rights are there?”