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Toxic Exposure Cancer Claims


Railroad Cancer Lawyer Representing CSX Workers in Ohio and Nationwide
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Ohio Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Reviewing diesel exhaust cancer claims on behalf of Willard Yard employees and other CSX workers in Ohio

In a concerning trend for many railroad staff, the cancer rates of former career workers in the last 50 years have increased dramatically. While not every cancer case can be directly linked to work at a rail yard, it is reasonable to believe that working around numerous industrial toxins may have contributed to the cause of many cancers.

When an individual is diagnosed with an occupational lung disease, most can look back at their time at a rail yard and point exactly where they may have been exposed to diesel fumes, welding fumes, solvents, creosote, silica, benzene and other dangerous materials. Our lawyers work with industry experts to determine where and when you were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals and can help build a strong case against a negligent employer.

Can Any Former Willard Yard Worker File a Diesel Exposure Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has developed a cancer possibly related to former work at Willard Yard or another CSX rail yard, you may be able to file a claim. Contact our legal team to discuss your legal options. In diesel exposure lawsuits, potential monetary damages may include:

  • Medical Expenses: This may include compensation for any past and future medical bill related to a condition caused by work at a rail yard. Hospital visits, treatments, medications, surgeries and other consultations can be covered if your insurance plan does not cover. 

  • Lost Wages: Lost earnings due to an illness or injury can be sought in these kinds of cases, and a settlement should provide families with enough financial help when a sick individual is unable to return to the workplace in the same capacity. 

  • Non-material Damages: Plaintiffs can seek compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death, loss of quality of life and loss of companionship. 

It’s important to note that every case is unique and every settlement may vary depending on specific work history and the severity of a particular injury. 

CSX shut down the hump at Willard Yard in Ohio a few years back, but the damage may have already been done. Willard was a very hump yard on the CSX railroad, and processed around 1,400 cars per day in 2016.

CSX now has four active yard humps in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Selkirk, New York. and Waycross, Georgia. The company has eight humps idled, including rail yards in Atlanta, Birmingham, Cumberland, Hamlet,  Louisville, Nashville, Toledo and Willard, Ohio.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon has worked in the field of toxic exposure and occupational injury law for 20 years. We have the experience, the resources and the willingness to build a strong case for you and your family. Our legal team takes the lead and assumes all financial risk, while you can focus on your health and spending time with your loved ones. 

It is important to hire an attorney that knows the industry well, and can negotiate on your behalf for the best possible settlement package. We have settled six and seven-figure cases for injured railroad plaintiffs in Ohio and nationwide. 

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CSX Willard Yard Injury FAQ

What are common causes of rail yard cancer cases?

Common toxic materials at railroad work sites that have been linked to specific cancers include asbestos, benzene, creosote, solvents, silica dust, diesel fumes, welding fumes and various other chemicals and substances. 

What types of cancers can be linked to work at rail yards?

The following cancers and medical conditions have been associated with workers who spent years working around toxic materials at Willard Yard and other railroad work sites:

  • 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
Can I sue CSX if I develop cancer after working for the company?

Many railroad companies have been sued in the past by former employees who worked for years at rail yards and later developed a serious lung disease. Plaintiffs have successfully argued in some claims that they were not properly trained or equipped to deal safely with toxic materials at the workplace. Thus, many railroad cancer claims have been settled in recent years. Contact our lawyers for a free case review. 

Can I still file a lawsuit many years after toxic exposure?

Yes, you can still file a lawsuit even if you are no longer employed by the company, and recently have been diagnosed with cancer related to your time spent around toxic materials. It is important to file a claim as soon as possible, however, and to prepare your work history and medical records to build a strong case.