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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Filing Toxic Exposure Claims For CPKC Railroad Workers
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Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Following years of hard labor working for a railroad company like Canadian Pacific or Kansas City Southern, many workers have fallen ill and been diagnosed with occupational cancers. Our lawyers represent victims of workplace toxic exposure, and seek rightful compensation for individuals and families. 

Railroad workers have always been at risk of physical safety hazards, but only relatively recently have experts determined that most workers in the field are at a seriously inflated risk of developing occupational illnesses. CPKC workers may have been exposed to diesel exhaust, asbestos, silica, creosote, benzene and other industrial toxins that are known to cause cancer. 

The CDC has said there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and experts agree that similar work site exposures to other toxic materials increase the cancer rate among former workers. 

Thousands of individuals who were employed at CPKC – Kansas City Southern or Canadian Pacific – are now suffering from lung conditions or a cancer linked to diesel exposure. Working anywhere around diesel locomotives is a lot more hazardous than once thought. Thus, former staff who are now paying the consequences can be entitled to compensation for related damages. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to review your railroad injury claims.

What Can I Expect for a Railroad Cancer Settlement?

Every toxic exposure and railroad cancer case is unique and the size of a settlement depends largely on the exact diagnosis, prognosis, and whether the injury now results in permanent disability. 

Compensation packages can reach seven figures, particularly in occupational lung cancer cases, due to expectation of large medical costs that must be covered. Settlements often include damages related to lost wages, lost future earnings, and will cover past, current and future hospital bills. 

The courts have awarded former railroad employees great sums due to the negligence of their former employers. Many of the rail companies are quick to settle claims to avoid taking a lawsuit to trial where juries can hand down huge verdicts to plaintiffs. The American public does not take kindly to companies who have repeatedly chosen corporate profit over worker safety and health, and that’s why The Lyon Firm is proud to represent you and your family. 

Call our legal team to learn more about your neat steps after a confirmed cancer diagnosis. We can process your claim as soon as possible and fight for the largest compensation package available. 

About CPKC

CPKC is the result of merger of two large North American railways – Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS).

Although Canadian Pacific primarily operates to the north, its rail network extends to serve Minneapolis–St. Paul, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and Albany, New York. The company also made inroads south when they acquired the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad (DM&E) and the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad (IC&E) in 2009. They also operate the St. Paul rail yard. 

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company has a much longer history in the US, and has employed tens of thousands of workers over the last century. KCS operated in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The company as mostly hauled freight for major industries, including agriculture and minerals, military, automotive, chemical and petroleum, energy, industrial and consumer products and intermodal.


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What Are The Health Risks of Diesel Exposure?

The conditions, diseases, illnesses and cancers listed below have all been linked to extensive diesel exhaust exposure at the workplace:

  • 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 

When a railroad worker comes down with lung disease or gets a cancer diagnosis years after initial toxic exposure, it is prudent to contact an experienced railroad cancer lawyer to investigate. 

CPKC employees may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) following an injury or illness. Individuals can contact our attorneys at (513) 381-2333.

Which CPKC Workers Are at Cancer Risk?

There are numerous positions at a rail yard that face toxic exposure on a daily basis. Almost anyone who works outside in the field will encounter noxious fumes from welding, diesel exhaust from locomotives, and maybe even asbestos from old materials that were constructed with the toxin many years ago. 

Mechanics, machinists, welders, electricians, pipefitters, maintenance staff, conductors, engineers and others are chronically exposed to many dangerous materials.  

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon has twenty years of experience filing workplace toxic exposure lawsuits. The Lyon Firm has reached settlements on behalf of dozens of injured workers, and represents plaintiffs in all fifty states. 

We work with industry experts to build the strongest case possible when the negligence of an employer leads to an injury or illness. We have the resources and the experience necessary to guide you through the legal process, and to compensate you for all damages. 

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CPKC Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Cancer Claim?

There are many cancers linked to past employment at a rail yard. Workers who regularly inhaled chemicals and toxins are at great risk of later developing lung cancer or other conditions. If you are diagnosed with an illness and worked for Kansas City Southern or Canadian Pacific, you may have a valid claim. 

Is the Railroad Responsible For My Injury?

If you were not properly trained, educated on the health hazards of diesel exposure, or provided with safety equipment, your employer may be held accountable for any illness that results. 

Is It Hard To Win a Railroad Cancer Case?

The success rates of railroad injury settlements are quite high, and we only take on cases that we believe we can steer toward success. Contact our firm to begin the legal process. 

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?”