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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Reviewing Cincinnati, Ohio Railroad Toxic Exposure Cases
Freight train on tracks with diesel exhaust

Cincinnati Railroad Cancer Lawyers

It is an unfortunate reality, but thousands of former employees for America’s railroad companies have fallen ill years after their initial exposure to industrial toxins like silica, diesel fumes, creosote, welding fumes, asbestos and benzene. These workers may have a personal injury claim if their illness is linked to workplace toxic exposure. 

Reviewing diesel exhaust cancer cases for former workers at the CSX Queensgate yard in Cincinnati

The Lyon Firm represents plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of workplace injury and toxic exposure lawsuits. We work with industry experts with knowledge of how specific exposure to industrial toxins can lead to the development of lung cancer and other occupational cancers. 

Following the confirmed diagnosis of cancer, former workers at Queensgate or another rail yard are encouraged to contact an attorney to learn more about the legal options available. An experienced lawyer is essential to streamlining the legal process and getting the best settlement terms possible. 

What Can I Recover in a Diesel Cancer Settlement?

Every railroad cancer claim is unique so we need to personalize your case with your specific work history and medical records. We aim to get you the biggest compensation package available, though this will depend on the severity of your condition as well as evidence that proves you were in direct contact with known cancer-causing substances. These diesel exposure cancer claims can result in you being compensated for the following:

Lost Wages: If an injury or illness was serious enough to stop working, you may be compensated for your time away from the job due to a work-related medical condition. 

Lost Future Earnings: If your disease or cancer prevents you from returning to the your previous employment in full capacity, you may be compensated for these lost wages as well as training for a new position that you are able to perform. 

Loss of Quality of Life, Pain and Suffering & Emotional Distress: Victims of workplace toxic exposure can file a claim for non-material damages. These may be the most stressful and painful times of your life, and you deserve to be compensated for your losses. 

About Queensgate Yard

Located on the Mill Creek near downtown Cincinnati, Queensgate Yard is a large rail classification facility with over 70 miles of track. Opened in October 1981, Queensgate is one of the more productive hump yards on the CSX system in the Midwest region.  

At the hump yard, inbound trains arrive on the receiving tracks as assigned by the hump yardmaster. The cars are inspected by the car department who perform light repairs and ensure that the cars are safe for movement and their shipments are secure.

When mechanical inspection and clerical work is complete, a hump list is prepared for outbound trains. Queensgate Yard facilties include a locomotive shop, car shop, CSX Intermodal terminal, and CSX TransFlo terminal.  Regional engineering departments are also on site.

Anyone involved in the everyday process of moving these trains through the yard may be at risk. Diesel exhaust has been known to fill the entire yard at times, and many workers have rarely used protective gear to protect themselves against diesel fumes. 

Cincinnati has been an important industrial transportation hub for 150 years. The railroad transformed the region, with the help of CSX developing a number of rail yards in the area, including Storrs Yard and June Street Yard. Norfolk Southern, the second largest provider in the area operates the Sharon Yard in Sharonville, Ohio and the Gest Street Yard in Cincinnati, Ohio. 


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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 Diseases Are Linked to Diesel Exposure?

Safety experts have warned about the serious health risks of toxic exposure and recommend that employers properly train workers and provide protective equipment to prevent chronic toxic inhalation. The following cancer and diseases have links to regular diesel exhaust exposure:

  • 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 

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) was established to compensate injured workers in industries like the railroad. Workers’ compensation is also available for injured Cincinnati CSX workers. It is important, however, to consult with a railroad attorney to make sure you are getting the best terms possible, and that may include filing a separate personal injury complaint. 

Which Queensgate Yard Workers Are at Risk?

The highest risk is generally for any worker in a poorly-ventilated machine shop or train car. Diesel fumes have been reportedly so strong in some rail yards that workers routinely go home after work smelling like diesel. 

Those at an increased risk at Ohio rail yards include mechanics, machinists, inspection teams, maintenance staff, engineers, yardmen, conductors, pipefitters, electricians, and anyone else in the field that may have been in contact with toxic materials. Many former Queensgate Yard workers have reported the work site had solvents, welding fumes, diesel exhaust, silica and creosote. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon has proven success with several six and seven-figure settlements in toxic exposure cases. We work with industry experts on asbestos cases, railroad diesel exhaust claims, and other industrial cancer complaints. 

For twenty years The Lyon Firm has represented clients nationwide in a wide variety of workplace injury and toxic exposure cases. We have the experience and the resources to build a strong case on your behalf. Call now for a free consultation, and to begin learnings about the legal process. 

Queensgate Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

What are some toxic materials around rail yards?

Creosote, silica, welding fumes, asbestos, benzene, solvents, and diesel fumes have all been reported on rail yard sites and each can cause specific kinds of cancer with regular exposure. 

Can I File A Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

Contact our lawyers to assess your claims. We will be honest and straightforward with your case, because we assume all financial risk and we only get paid if we win. 

With that said, if you have worked at a railroad company for years, and later fall ill with cancer or another lung disease, you probably have a good claim. 

Why File a Railroad Cancer Case?

Aside from the satisfying feeling of finally seeing justice served, a work injury settlement can help you secure your financial future. Medical costs may be mounting, and a compensation package may be able to pay for all hospital visits, treatments, medications and long-term disability. 

How Can a Railroad Injury Lawyer Help Me?

Legal representation is highly recommended in these complex matters to ensure you get the most out of your settlement. We assume all difficult tasks while you focus on your health and spending time with your family. 

What are some rail yards around Cincinnati?
  • June Street Yard (CSXT)
  • Storrs Yard (CSXT)
  • Gest Street Yard (NS)
  • Queensgate Yard (CSXT)
  • Sharon Yard (NS)
  • McCullough Yard (Indiana & Ohio)
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There is no shame in seeking assistance from an attorney well-versed in the matters of litigating against some of the most powerful corporations in the country. We take pride in representing America’s railroad workers, and we find it increasingly important to hold any negligent company accountable for the harm they have caused.