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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

Work Injury Lawyer Reviewing Conway Yard Cancer Claims
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With a long and storied history, Conway Yard is till operating as one of the most important rail hubs for the East Coast. Hundreds of workers, however, have fallen ill over the years, with reports of many diagnosed occupational lung diseases

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a serious lung disease or cancer after working for many years at a rail yard, contact our attorneys to investigate. You may be eligible for compensation for any damages sustained. 

Conway Yard workers, like like many other railroad staff around the US, have reported chronic occupational exposure to diesel exhaust, asbestos, solvents, fuels, welding fumes, silica, and creosote. Such toxic exposure on a regular basis is known to greatly increase the risk of developing certain cancers and other adverse health conditions. 

Former Norfolk Southern workers in Pennsylvania now suffering from a confirmed diesel-related cancer can file a lawsuit to guarantee compensation for their losses. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to review your work injury claims.

What is Included in a Railroad Cancer Settlement?

After a documented diagnosis, you may begin the process of seeking compensation to help pay for the following:

  • Costs for treatments, medications and therapy
  • All health-related expenses that your insurance will not cover
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings
  • Long-term disability, in the event you will not be able to reenter the workforce
  • Punitive damages may be considered to ensure any negligent employer does not engage in the same unsafe behavior in the future

About Conway Yard

Conway Yard (now often known as Conway Terminal) is a major rail yard located in Pennsylvania, around 22 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, along the Ohio River. Up until around 1980, Conway was the largest freight yard in the world. Although it has been through numerous ownership changes, it is now owned by Norfolk Southern and is still one of the largest yards in the United States.

Norfolk Southern has processed as many as 100,000 cars per month on site. The site occupies 568 acres, with a storage capacity of over 11,000 cars. As of 2012, the yard employed 1,400 workers, with 60 to 80 trains traveling through on a daily basis.


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What Cancers Are Caused By Diesel Exhaust?

Some cancers have been linked to chronic diesel exposure. Other lung diseases have also been thought to be directly related to regular chemical inhalation. Diesel has been linked in studies to strokes, heart disease, leukemia, and the following:

  • 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 

After you receive a lung disease or cancer diagnosis, you can contact a lawyer and begin to consider taking legal action against a former employer. We can begin a work injury investigation. You may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) as well as Workers’ compensation may also be considered, and it may be necessary to file a toxic exposure lawsuit to reach a settlement large enough to pay for all your future expenses. 

Who is at Risk at Conway Yard?

Railroad workers have long been exposed to several toxic materials. For example, creosote is an extremely potent substance that is everywhere in the industry. Any worker who ever laid track may have been exposed to toxic levels. 

Asbestos has also been embedded in many railroad instillations for many decades. the infrastructure that was built up until the 1980s may have contained huge amounts of asbestos. Many railroad mechanics also handled asbestos brakes and other components in boilers and machinery. 

Welders, electricians, conductors, engineers, maintenance staff and signal operators have all been exposed to diesel fumes in some degree. The highest risk is always with the positions at a rail yard who worked in poorly ventilated, enclosed spaces, like many machinists and mechanics. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

When you consider taking legal action against a former employer, it is prudent to hire the most experienced and resourceful attorneys in the industry. These cases are complex and will require experts to link your work history to any new diagnosis of an alleged occupational cancer. 

This may sound daunting, but this is why you hire a lawyer. We assume all the difficult tasks of building a strong case, the negotiating with your former employer. We have 20 years of experience in filing toxic exposure lawsuits, and we represent plaintiffs in all fifty states. 

Contact us for a free case review, and to learn more about starting the process of filing a railroad injury claim. 

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Should I File a Lawsuit?

It may not be your desired course of action, but sometimes filing a suit is the only way to properly hold a negligent employer accountable, get the justice you deserve, and to get compensated for incurred medical costs, lost wages, and a reduced quality of life. 


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Conway Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Do I have a good case?

If you were injured at a rail yard, chronically exposed to toxic materials at your workplace, or have developed cancer years after first starting work at a rail yard, you may have a good case. 

Determining liability can be complicated, but hiring a railroad cancer lawyer will greatly improve your chances of reaching a fast and significant settlement.

What Caused my illness?

Our lawyers, alongside a team of medical experts, can determine if your cancer or lung disease is directly related to an unsafe work environment. 

Is It Hard To Win a Railroad Cancer Case?

The success rates of diesel exposure lung cancer settlements are quite high. Rail companies do not want to go to trial and risk a massive jury award, so they are more likely to settle your case. 

How Can The Lyon Firm Help Me?

After we decide to take on your claim, our attorneys will perform all of the tasks related to the lawsuit, such as: researching the law on your behalf, gathering medical documentation, tracing the source of your medical condition, formulating a strong legal strategy, and negotiating for the highest compensation available under the law.

If you or a loved one need legal representation for a railroad cancer lawsuit, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333 to get started on your claim today.

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Call our offices to learn more about your legal options after you or a loved one has a confirmed diagnosis. We offer free consults and will review injury claims on behalf of plaintiffs in all fifty states.