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Diesel Exposure Lawsuits

Railroad Toxic Exposure Lawyer Representing America’s Injured Railway Workers
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Railroad Cancer Attorneys

Call our legal team as soon as you have a confirmed diagnosis of an occupational cancer or illness following years of work for a railroad company. Our lawyers have filed numerous diesel exposure cancer claims on behalf of former railroad staff, and have successfully settled seven-figure cases for our clients. 

Reviewing serious injuries and illnesses related to employment at Pan Am Railways or Guilford Transportation

Railroad jobs have never been without certain risk for America’s workforce. In fact, the industry has long been known to be rather dangerous, and presents a number of safety and health risks, reported by OSHA and other work safety organizations. But even with the known risks, employers like Guilford, Pan Am and other rail companies had a duty to protect workers to the best of their ability.

If a railroad company fails to properly train staff, or fail to provide safety equipment, they may be held liable for any injury or illness that can be linked to a particular work site. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 for a free and confidential review of your railroad injury claims.

What Can I Expect in a Railroad Injury Settlement?

When filing an occupational cancer claim following  railroad diesel exhaust exposure, plaintiffs can seek compensation for lost wages (past and future), medical costs, treatments not covered by basic health insurance, pain and suffering, and possible punitive damages. 

Railroad cancer cases are each unique and your settlement will depend on a myriad of factors, including the length of your employment, the specific job site, your diagnosis, the severity of your illness, and whether you are able to work in the future. 

More About Pan Am & Guilford Rail System

Guilford Transportation Industries was founded in 1981, establishing a rather big railroad company in the Northeast by purchasing some of the area’s bankrupt railroad entities. The company purchased the Maine Central Railroad that same year, Boston and Maine (B&M), and the Delaware and Hudson Railway.

Pan Am Railways, the eventual successor of Guilford, ran mostly Class II regional railroads such as Boston and Maine, Maine Central, Portland Terminal Company, and Springfield Terminal Railway Company.

The company is now a subsidiary of CSX Transportation, with the mainline running from Maine to New York, via the MEC mainline, B&M mainline, Lowell and Andover Railroad, Boston & Lowell Railroad, Nashua & Lowell, Stony Brook Railroad and the Fitchburg Railroad.


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What Conditions Are Linked To Diesel Exhaust?

Railroad diesel exposure has been linked in studies to a greater risk for strokes, heart disease, blood cancers, and the following 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 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed recently with one of the above conditions after years of work at a rail company, you can contact our legal team. We can assist you in taking the next steps, and filing a work injury claim that can drastically improve your quality of life and financial picture for the future. 

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) can offer former rail workers relief if they develop a cancer during or after a position at a railyard. Workers’ compensation may also be available to certain workers. It is important, however, to contact a lawyer to make sure you are processing all these claims in a manner that can maximize your potential payout. 

What Railroad Workers Are at Risk?

The Lyon Firm has handled railroad diesel exhaust exposure cancer cases for several individuals around the nation. Many of those workers spent a great deal of time in poorly ventilated work areas, with toxic materials close at hand. Almost any type of worker could be at risk if they spent enough time inhaling toxins like asbestos, diesel fumes, creosote and silica. 

Industry records show that mechanics, machinists, engineers, brakemen and other staff in a railyard could have been at an increased risk of exposure and later developing a related cancer or illness. 

Why Hire Our Lawyers?

To reach a fast and painless settlement, hiring an experienced legal team may be your best course of action. Occupational cancer cases can be complex and may require various industry experts to collect evidence and build the strongest case possible. 

We have two decades of experience filing toxic exposure claims for plaintiffs in all fifty states. Our track record speaks for itself, as we have proven to be successful in taking on some of the nation’s largest corporations. 

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Railroad Diesel Cancer FAQ

How Do I know if i have a viable claim?

Call us for a free consultation and allow us to assess your case. We only take on plaintiffs if we believe we can win a case. We will be honest and up-front about the chances of reaching a settlement. 

With that said, if you worked for Guilford or Pan Am, or another rail company, and later developed cancer, you have a good chance of reaching a settlement to help compensate you for your illness. 

How Can I prove my employer was negligent?

That is our job: to investigate your case, along with your work history, your medical records, and other documents, and build a strong case. The courts have frequently sided with workers, and hit former employers with huge verdicts for not properly protecting America’s backbone. 

What is a diesel exposure cancer case worth?

Every case is different, but we have settled many workplace toxic exposure lawsuits for six and seven figures. We work on a contingency fee basis so there is no financial risk on your end.