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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Occupational Toxic Exposure Lawsuits
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Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Reviewing workplace injury claims on behalf of former Pavonia Yard employees

Former Conrail, CSX and Norfolk Southern rail yard workers have reported years of diesel exhaust exposure, and numerous related cancer cases have been diagnosed after years of contact with toxic materials. 

The Lyon Firm is representing former Camden, new Jersey Pavonia Yard workers who have a confirmed occupational lung disease linked to years of exposure to diesel fumes, benzene, asbestos, solvents, fuels, welding fumes, silica, and creosote.

Experts have warned that chronic exposure to toxins can greatly raise the risk of certain types of cancer, and even a short duration of exposure can lead to serious health hazards. 

Former Pavonia Yard workers suffering from lung cancer or a related lung disease may be entitled to  compensation for damages. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your case.

What is Covered in a Diesel Exposure Settlement?

We can assist you every step of the way and we aim to gain you the maximum compensation possible. The following damages can be considered in an  occupational cancer claim:

  • Past medical costs
  • Future medical bills
  • Any healthcare expenses not covered by your insurance
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death
  • Long-term disability
  • Punitive damages

Each railroad injury is different, and your claims will depend on your specific medical condition and work situation. If you can no longer work due to an injury or illness, your settlement will be significantly larger. 

It is important to hire an attorney  with experience and proven success in handling railroad injury and workplace toxic exposure claims.

About Pavonia Yard

Pavonia Yard is a Conrail Shared Assets Operations (CSAO) rail yard operating in Camden, New Jersey. The yard runs north of where the Vineland Secondary tracks cross the Cooper River near the intersection of State and Federal Streets, and continues north until approximately 36th Street, ending near the 36th Street River Line station on the Bordentown Secondary.

Pavonia was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) over a hundred years ago and was rebuilt in the 1960s. The yard still serves as CSAO’s main classification yard for the Southern New Jersey area with a 32-track classification bowl. Both CSX and Norfolk Southern trains pass through the yard. 


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What Are The Health Risks of Diesel Exposure?

A number of illnesses, lung diseases and cancers have been linked to workplace diesel exhaust exposure. Diesel exposure may increase the risk of strokes, heart disease, blood cancers, and 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 

Former rail yard employees diagnosed years after their initial exposure to toxins have claimed that their employers never earned them of the severe health hazards of diesel exhaust, and never took measure to protect them from possible harm. Such negligence could result in a personal injury lawsuit to recover a wide range of damages. 

Injured rail yard employees in the Pavonia Yard or other New Jersey railroad job sites can file for compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). There are a few different legal routes to take, so it is important to weigh your options before filing for any claim. Contact a work injury and toxic exposure attorney to discuss your next steps. 

What Pavonia Workers Are at Cancer Risk?

Because diesel fumes are so pervasive and widespread in the railroad industry, almost any worker in the field may have been at risk of damaging their health. Of course, there are certain positions that carried more risk, due to their close exposure to diesel exhaust, welding fumes, silica, benzene, and other known carcinogens. 

Workers like mechanics and engineers who regularly worked in poorly ventilated roundhouses and rail shops could be at the highest risk, followed by conductors, yardmen, carmen, brakemen, equipment operators, machinists, and others who worked nearby diesel engines. 

A number of cancer cases have been reported in Camden, New Jersey and many other railroad locations nationwide. Contact a lawyer if you have questions about the safety of your current or past work site.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

It is essential to work with lawyers experienced in filing workplace toxic exposure claims. These cases are very complex, and require industry experts to build a strong case. We have 20 years of experience in filing toxic exposure lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs nationwide. 

We have proven success, and have settled six and seven-figure compensation packages for our clients. We have the resources and dedication to take your case and guide you through the legal process without any financial risk to you or your family.

Pavonia Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Why File A Railroad Injury Claim?

There are a few reasons why you may choose to file a suit against your former employer after you fall ill. First, your medical costs may be overwhelming, and could continue to stress you and your family into the future. Second, many plaintiffs say they find a great deal of relief by holding any negligent company accountable for failing to protect them at the workplace. Last, by filing a work injury claim, you make it safer for future workers in the same field, as the same employers are likely to change their behavior after being hit by a lawsuit. 

Is My Illness Caused by Toxic Exposure?

Send us your work history and your medical records and we can begin investigating the cause of your injury. Our experts can determine if you have a viable case. 

Is It Hard To Win a Railroad Cancer Suit?

Railroad companies have settled thousands of injury claims just in the last decade. The industry has always been known as a high-risk career for many individuals, but employers still have a legal duty to do their best to protect workers. If they fail to do so, a settlement is likely. 

How Can a Toxic Exposure Lawyer Help Me?

Our legal team offers free consultations. If we believe you have a good case, we assume all the financial risk, and we will fight on your behalf to gain you the maximum payout available. These cases are complicated, but we will guide you through the process and assume all the necessary tasks. 

Filing Occupational Illness Lawsuits

At the toughest time in your life, you may hesitate to enter into a long and drawn-out legal process. That is understandable, but that is also why you should hire an experienced legal team to assist you. Workers comp and other disability packages may not be enough to pay for your long-term healthcare, lost wages and treatments. Call us now to learn more about filing an occupational cancer lawsuit.