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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Railroad Cancer Lawyer With Nationwide Success
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Railroad Cancer Lawyers

Investigating toxic exposures and diesel exhaust cancer claims on behalf of Long Island Rail Road workers 

New York railroad employers have failed to protect staff over the last several decades, resulting in serious toxic exposure cancer cases and occupational lung disease. 

The Lyon Firm is reviewing diesel exhaust exposure claims for Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers at Fresh Pond Junction, Oak Point Yard or other rail yards exposed to industrial toxins and later receive diagnoses of lung cancer and other related conditions. 

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has operated passenger and freight lines for a long time. Much of the system is now electric, but LIRR still runs over a hundred diesel trains that could still be linked to diesel exhaust cancer.

Railroad workers across the country have been exposed to asbestos, solvents, welding fumes, silica, creosote, and diesel, leading to serious health problems like cancer. Employers may be held liable for these injuries, even years after employment. 

When workers are continually exposed to diesel exhaust, it is more than just an annoying part of the job. Acute and chronic diesel exposure can result in life-threatening medical conditions, including occupational lung disease and several cancers.

Former LIRR staff diagnosed with a diesel exhaust-related cancer may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your injury claims.

What Can Be Recovered Following a Cancer Diagnosis?

Compensation in a railroad cancer lawsuit can possibly cover all of the costs related to the injury itself, and factors impacted by the injury or illness. Damages can include:

  • Hospital, medication, surgeries, and treatment costs
  • Medical bills not covered by standard health insurance
  • Long-term therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages 
  • Lost future earnings
  • Compensation for pain and suffering, and emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship of a loved one in the event of a death
  • Overall reduced quality of life

If a large number of other Long Island rail workers in the same area have been affected by the same health issues, a class action lawsuit may be filed. Otherwise, your individual case will be handled by our workplace injury lawyers. Damages and settlements always depend on many factors, and each case is unique. It is important to hire an attorney who has a lot of experience handling occupational toxic exposure claims.

Plaintiffs at Oak Point Yard and Fresh Pond Junction may have viable claims following a railroad injury or an occupational illness that occurred after years of employment at an unsafe work site. 


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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.

Does Railroad Diesel Exposure Cause Cancer?

There are several different illnesses and cancers directly linked to workplace diesel exhaust exposure. Diesel toxicity can increase the risk of strokes, heart disease, as well as lung, throat, stomach, kidney, pancreatic, and blood cancers.

Experts have long warned of the risks of worker toxic exposure to benzene, a component of diesel exhaust. If you or a loved one worked for Long Island Rail Road and have been diagnosed with an inhalation cancer or conditions, you may have a viable claim. The following may be due to your workplace 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 

Railroad companies have often failed to provide a safe workplace for various kinds of employees in the field, and may have failed to provide safety equipment, failed to train workers and failed employees about the health risks of diesel exhaust.

After a confirmed cancer diagnosis, Long Island Rail Road employees may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).Workers’ compensation may also be available. Those impacted should contact a railroad cancer attorney at (513) 381-2333 to discuss legal action.

What Long Island Rail Road Workers Are at Risk?


Rail shop employees like machinists, pipefitters, and electricians may have been exposed to diesel exhaust, asbestos, and welding fumes. Railroad shop workers have always worked around a variety of industrial toxins in solvents, degreasers, lubricants, and fuels.


In the best case scenario, diesel exhaust remains outside the cabs of trains, but of course that is not always the reality. 

Families of railroad workers have complained that workers drag strong odors of diesel back home on their clothing and person


Workers who maintained and constructed tracks and yards were also exposed to diesel exhaust as they work closely with running engines. Poorly ventilated shops with diesel-powered machines create a breeding ground for diesel cancers.


The mechanics who maintain and repair locomotives and rail cars can be among the most heavily exposed to toxins. Diesel mechanics often work in poorly ventilated roundhouses and shops. 

Mechanics encounter asbestos-insulated steam pipes and boilers, asbestos-containing brake pads and linings.

Cancer cases may be connected to other railroad locations as well. Contact a lawyer if you have questions about your work location.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our legal team will help you find justice and rightful compensation. Our law firm has the experience, resources, and dedication to take on large defendants in railroad injury lawsuits. 

Experience: Joe Lyon has 20 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states.

Occupational Toxic Exposure lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of a cancer. Mr. Lyon works with experts nationwide to ensure the evidence is collected properly and laid out for a strong case. 

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six-figure results. View our Case Results page to learn more.

Your Right to Justice

Filing Occupational Cancer Lawsuits

Many of my clients come to me after they’ve suffered an occupational lung disease injury, they’ve lost a family member, or their health and financial situation has reached new lows. There are often serious losses that they may not be able to overcome without the help of an attorney.

To add some security for their future, they come to a lawyer and ask, “What available legal rights are there?” The Lyon Firm takes the lead and guides these clients through the process of filing toxic exposure cancer lawsuits.