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Toxic Exposure

Railroad Cancer Lawyer Filing Work Injury Lawsuits
Freight train on tracks with diesel exhaust

Railroad Diesel Exhaust Exposure 

Penn Central has not officially employed any railroad workers in decades, however, many medical conditions and cancers linked to rail yard toxic exposure can develop many years after first contact. If you or a loved on has developed cancer after working at Penn Central or another railroad outfit in the last 50 years, call for a free case review. 

Reviewing a wide range of occupational lung diseases and cancers  linked to exposure to diesel exhaust, welding fumes, asbestos, creosote, solvents, silica dust and benzene. 

Former Penn Central workers may have faced years of hazardous exposure to toxic materials without their knowledge at the time. But after chronic exposure to a variety of carcinogenic substances, many employees fell ill. The following medical conditions and cancers have been associated with significant durations around benzene, diesel fumes and other industrial chemicals:

  • 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 File a Claim Against Penn Central?

Penn Central does not exist any longer, however, there are ways to file legal claims for former workers who develop a cancer related to work for the company as it stood many years ago. Our attorneys can assist victims of toxic exposure file personal injury claims, recovering the following damages:

  • Medical Bills: medical expenses can mount quickly when an occupational illness is diagnosed, overwhelming many families. We can help Penn Central workers pay for hospital visits, surgery, treatments and medications. Any settlement we seek will include compensation for past medical bills as well as coverage for all future costs. 
  • Long-term Disability: we can seek compensation for losses due to a long-term condition that may preclude an individual from working in the future. We can seek disability and cover rehab costs and further job training. 
  • Lost wages: We will always seek damages related to the loss of past wages due to illness or injury, as well as lost earnings in the future in the case that a worker is not able to return to the workforce in the same capacity. 
  • Non-material damages: There are some damages that are difficult to quantify, however, we will seek compensation for emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and wrongful death in the case of a terminal condition. 

About Penn Central

Before morphing into Conrail after a period of financial trouble and subsequent bankruptcy, the Penn Central Transportation Company, typically called Penn Central, was an American class one railroad that operated from 1968 to 1976. Penn Central combined the Pennsylvania, New York Central and the New York, New Haven and Hartford railroads, but failed less than teen years after forming. All of Penn Central’s railroad assets were nationalized into Conrail.

Conrail, otherwise known as the Consolidated Rail Corp., combined Penn Central, Central of New Jersey, Erie Lackawanna, Lehigh & Hudson River, Lehigh Valley, and the Reading railroads. Conrail also went under eventually, and the liability of older railroad injury claims are handled by CSX and Norfolk Southern. 


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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.

Which Penn Central Workers Have Developed Cancer?

Almost any worker who was exposed to creosote, solvents, welding fumes, diesel exhaust, asbestos, silica or benzene could have seriously increased the risk of later developing a related medical condition. machinists, engineers, conductors, brakemen, carmen, pipefitters, electricians, yardmen, and train mechanics who spent a lot of time in poorly ventilated rail shops and roundhouses are at risk. 

Anyone who has developed cancer after working at a rail yard operated by Penn Central, Conrail, CSX, Norfolk Southern, or another rail company, can consider filing a FELA claim, and can contact an attorney to learn more about a possible occupational cancer lawsuit. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our team of toxic exposure lawyers has the ability to connect your occupational toxic exposure to a medical condition, and with the help of industry experts, can build the strongest case possible. We take the lead and assume all the necessary legal work while you spend time focusing on your health and spending time with your family. 

We have 20 years of experience filing workplace injury claims on behalf of former workers who fall ill due to occupational toxic exposure. We work on a contingency fee basis and assume all financial risk in your case. Call to discuss your options and to learn more about the legal process. 

Penn Central Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad cancer claim?

If you can provide your medical records and work history, we can begin assessing your unique case. We will take your case if we believe we can draw a direct link between toxic exposure at a rail yard and a medical condition. 

Is a railroad company responsible for toxic exposure?

Any company, regardless of the industry, has a duty to protect their workers with proper safety training, provide and maintain safety gear, and warn of the specific risks of diesel fumes, welding fumes, asbestos and other toxins. 

How Can a Work Injury Lawyer Help Me?

A railroad cancer lawyer can guide you through the claims process that can result in a large settlement with the right negotiation. We have the experience to take your case the distance without any financial risk.