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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Representing Former Conrail & CSX railroad workers in Toledo and throughout Ohio
Freight train on tracks with diesel exhaust

Ohio Railroad Injury Lawsuits

Our team of railroad cancer lawyers is currently taking on new injury claims for former Conrail workers at the Toledo, Ohio Stanley Yard. We have filed personal injury lawsuits on behalf of former railroad workers nationwide following years of toxic exposure at their respective work sites. 

Reviewing Diesel Exhaust Cancer Diagnoses on behalf of CSX & Conrail workers in Ohio and nationwide

The Lyon Firm aims to find answers for injured plaintiffs, and to ultimately reach a fair settlement that will secure the financial future of our clients and their families. Rightful compensation is necessary after many hard years of service at America’s railroad companies, and we believe these companies have a duty to pay what is owed.

Our legal team has the experience, resources, and dedication to take on complex and emotional railroad cancer cases. We have twenty years of experience in helping our clients obtain justice after working hard for most of their life.

Contact Joe Lyon, an experienced Ohio Toxic Exposure Lawyer with proven success in representing individuals in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.

What Can I Expect in a Railroad Cancer Case?

Each claim is unique and your final settlement package will depend on several factors, including where you worked, the duration of employment, and what job you had at a rail yard. Our past clients have been able to recover the following damages:

  • Lost Wages: plaintiffs can file a claim for lost past wages as well as lost future earnings when they are not physically capable of returning to their job. New job training costs and long-term disability may also be considered. 
  • Medical Costs: all hospitals visits, treatments, medications, therapy, rehab and anything else that cannot be covered by insurance may be recovered. 
  • Non-material damages: pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death, and punitive damages can be sought in some cases. 

Our legal team relies on industry experts that may be able to draw a connection from your past employment to a cancer diagnosis. If the science evidence exists, we will file your claim. There are many factors that determine the size and viability of your injury claim, including the duration of your alleged toxic exposure. There is no doubt many who worked at Ohio Conrail rail yards were exposed to diesel exhaust and other carcinogens. But we must prove an individual had a position in which put him or her at risk.

About Stanley Yard

Stanley Yard is located to the east of Walbridge, Ohio, and south Toledo. The yard, last operated by CSX, was first opened at the turn of the century when Toledo was an up and coming industrial transportation hub. In 1968, Stanley Yard came under PennCentral control, then in 1976, Conrail assumed operation of the yard. In 1999, CSX acquired Stanley Yard with its purchase of 40 percent of Conrail.

During 2018, both the hump track and the bowl track at Stanley Yard were removed and much of the remaining business moved through nearby Walbridge Yard.

Conrail, otherwise known as the Consolidated Rail Corp., was born in the early 1970s, and operated in Ohio until the company’s assets and rail yards were split between Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX Corporation. CSX and NS split most of the Conrail assets, though Conrail still operates around 1,200 miles of track on behalf of CSX and NS, simply serving as a switching and terminal railroad. 


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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.

Which Cancers Are Linked to  Diesel Exhaust?

There is now a wealth of medical data that suggests chronic exposure to diesel exhaust and other toxic materials can increase the risks of certain illnesses and medical conditions, such as 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 

After an occupational cancer diagnosis, Conrail employees and former Stanley Yard staff may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). To be certain your federal claims move forward, and to ensure a the maximum payout, it is prudent to contact a lawyer. An additional lawsuit may be necessary as well to pay for all the costs related to your medical condition. 

There is a three-year statute of limitations under the FELA. That statute may be extended if you did not realize that your illness was work-related. But if there are medical records that show you knew that your illness was work related more than three years before bringing a claim, the case gets more difficult.

Which Stanley Yard Workers Are at Cancer Risk?

Locomotive mechanics and machinists often worked in improperly ventilated shops and roundhouses, and were heavily exposed to diesel exhaust, benzene, solvents and other toxic materials. Welding fumes, and even asbestos, were part of working for the railroad up until relatively recently, and may railroad workers were exposed for decades.

Railroad track employees had exposures to creosote, silica sand and diesel. Conductors, signal operators and yardmen faced toxic exposures. Railroad workers who completed track repairs, track maintenance, or  construction were at risk of silica exposure. Railroads used sand (containing silica) to provide traction between the wheels and rails.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Filing an occupational cancer case is no easy task, though we are here to assist you in the complex process. We assume all financial risks and we take on all tasks while you focus on your health and spend time with your family. 

Our lawyers have 20 years of experience in the field of toxic exposure litigation, and we have proven success with settling claims in Ohio and other states. We work with the nation’s top experts to build your case, and to negotiate with large railroad companies for a significant settlement. 

Stanley Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Do I have a good case?

Contact Joe Lyon to discuss the particulars of your case. We can give you an honest assessment of the situation, and a free consultation. The fact is, however, that if you worked for Conrail or CSX and later developed a cancer linked to toxic exposures at the workplace, you probably have a good case. 

How Do I know What Caused my Cancer?

Your work history and your medical records will likely tell a clear story about the cancer risks of workplace toxic exposure. We have experts to pour over your work history to determine whether or not your illness was directly caused by exposure to diesel, benzene, asbestos, silica, welding fumes, or another toxin. 

Is It Hard To Settle a Railroad Injury Case?

The success rates of settlements in these matters is quite high due to the fact that many railroads have been hit with massive verdicts in the past, and they have no appetite for such payout in the future. Thus, they settle these cases by the dozen to avoid a trial. 

Why Hire a Toxic Exposure Lawyer?

A railroad cancer lawyer can guide you through the long process, and can negotiate on your behalf. We only get paid if we win, so it is in our best interest to settle for the highest amount possible. 

If you or a loved one need legal representation for a railroad cancer lawsuit, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333. 

Can I file a lung cancer claim if I smoked?

A history of smoking does not help, but you may still have a claim. The smoking history will definitely impact the value of your railroad cancer settlement because some of the same carcinogens like benzene in cigarette smoke can be found in diesel exhaust.

Justice For America’s working class

Filing Occupational Cancer Lawsuits

It is a big step for individuals and families to take legal action, but this is often necessary when companies refuse to pay a fair compensation package to former workers who develop an illness due to past toxic exposure. We take pride in filing work injury claims on behalf of former railroad staff. Contact our attorneys to learn more about the legal process and to discuss your next steps in filing a claim.