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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Ohio Railroad Injury Lawyer Reviewing Injury Claims for Columbus Yard Workers
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Ohio Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Hundreds of former Ohio railroad workers have been injured at the workplace and have later fallen ill due to toxic exposure at rail yards. If you have worked at a rail yard in Columbus, Ohio and later developed cancer related to exposure to industrial toxins, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. 

Reviewing railroad diesel cancer claims on behalf of former columbus yard employees

The Lyon Firm is taking new cases involving railroad toxic exposure and chemical inhalation injury. Many former rail yard workers in Columbus, Ohio have faced exposure to creosote, solvents, benzene, silica, asbestos, welding fumes and diesel exhaust fumes, and later develop lung cancer and other cancers linked to specific toxins. There may be legal recourse for former Columbus Yard workers and other staff at various Ohio railway stations. 

These cases, however, are complex and will require a full investigation of your work history and medical records. We work with industry experts to draw a connection between toxic workplace exposure and a cancer diagnosis, and with this we build a strong case on your behalf. Contact our railroad cancer lawyers to learn more about the legal process, and to to discuss your options moving forward. 

What Can I Expect in a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

Every personal injury cases involving toxic exposure at a rail yard will be unique, but there are similar cases that have been settled for six and seven figures. Much depends on your profession, your work history, employment location and your medical condition. Plaintiffs can expect to recover the following in a diesel exhaust cancer claim:

  • Medical Expenses: individuals can be compensated for all hospital visits, treatments, medications, long-term disability, rehab programs and future medical costs related to a work-related illness. 
  • Lost wages & Future Earnings: Plaintiffs who had to stop working due to an occupational cancer, and will not be able to return to work in the same capacity, can file a claim for lost wages and lost future wages. 
  • Non-material Damages: These can include punitive damages if a company was negligent. You can be compensated for emotional distress, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering and loss of companionship. 

About Columbus Yard

Columbus, Ohio has been an important rail hub for the last hundred years. Freight has moved through Columbus, north-south and vice versa, moving goods from the northeast industrial corridor to Cincinnati and beyond. The Columbus Yard is one of the largest rail yards in central Ohio, operated by CSX. CSX Transportation also runs other Columbus rail yards, including the Buckeye Yard and Parsons Yard in South Columbus. Watkins Yard is operated by Norfolk Southern. 


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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 Associated with Diesel Exposure?

Diesel exhaust, which contains benzene, has been linked in studies to strokes, heart disease, leukemia, as well as the following medical 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 

Contact an attorney to learn more about filing claims for the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and  Workers’ compensation. It may be necessary to file a lawsuit as well to recover a significant compensation package that will cover all medical expenses and long-term disability. 

Which Columbus Yard Workers Are at Risk?

Any individual that worked for years at a rail yard in Ohio, whether it was Columbus Yard, Parsons Yard, Watkins Yard or others, was likely exposed to numerous chemicals and toxins. Railway positions are known for being hazardous due to the amount of known carcinogens are around a work site. 

Mechanics and machinists working in roundhouses and small machine shops could have been at particular safety risk due to poor ventilation. maintenance staff, welders, electricians, pipefitters and engineers were also likely exposed to many cancer-causing agents. Conductors, yardmen, carmen and signal operators were all at risk of heavy diesel exhaust exposure. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our legal team has the resources, dedication and experience to take your case and reach a significant settlement on your behalf. We have 20 years of experience filing toxic exposure and occupational injury claims, and we have proven success with multiple six and seven-figure compensation packages. 

We work alongside industry experts around the country to ensure you get the maximum payout possible. Contact us to learn more about filing a railroad injury lawsuit, and to get the ball rolling. 

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Columbus Yard Diesel Cancer FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Cancer Claim?

Contact an experienced attorney to determine whether or not you have a good case. We assume all financial risk in these matters, so we are able to give you an honest assessment of your claim. With that said, if you worked at Columbus Yard or another rail yard, and later developed a cancer that has been associated with a specific toxin, you likely have a good case. 

Who Is Responsible For Occupational Lung Diseases?

It is not shifting blame by saying that your employer had a duty to protect you and your health interests. No matter the industry, American companies must provide safety training, provide good safety equipment and must educate workers on the risks of any dangerous substance or material on the work premises. 

Are these cases always settled out of court?

Most toxic exposure cases filed against railroad companies are settled out of court due to the fact that in the past juries have sided with plaintiffs and massive verdicts have been levied against the defendant. 

Why Do I need an Attorney?

Legal representation is highly recommended because of the complexity of these cases. A railroad cancer lawyer can investigate a claim with the help of industry experts, and build a strong case on your behalf. We take care of all the legal work while you can focus on your health and spend time with your family. 

What Are some Columbus rail yards?
  • Buckeye Yard
  • Columbus Yard
  • Parsons Yard
  • Watkins Yard 
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Filing Occupational Lung Disease Cases

Unfortunately, occupational cancer cases are relatively common. Railroad companies employed tens of thousands of workers in Ohio and nationwide and up until recently had very little health safety in mind. So workers were seldom warned about the risks of industrial toxins like creosote, asbestos and diesel exhaust. As a result, many former Columbus, Ohio railroad workers developed cancers linked to specific toxic exposure.