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Reviewing railroad injury claims on behalf of former Southern Pacific Taylor Yard workers in California

Many former Southern Pacific Railroad employees at the Taylor Yard and other California rail stations have later developed occupational cancers and lung diseases as a result of past exposure to dangerous chemicals at work sites. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a related medical conditions, contact our lawyers to investigate. 

The Lyon Firm is filing railroad diesel exhaust cancer lawsuits on behalf of former workers at America’s rail yards. Many have been exposed to variety of hazardous materials like creosote, silica, benzene, diesel, and asbestos and may have a viable personal injury claim. Victims can be entitled to compensation for losses and damages, including many costs that may not be covered by Workers Comp and health insurance. Damages in these cases may be extensive and can cover the following:

  • Hospital bills
  • Various medical costs
  • Costs of medication, surgery, and cancer treatment
  • Costs that will not be covered by insurance
  • Medical expenses related to long-term therapy and rehab
  • Lost wages if you had to stop working due to an illness or injury
  • Loss of future earnings if you cannot work due to a medical condition
  • Pain and suffering and emotional distress
  • A reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death

The size of your compensation package or settlement will depend on many factors, including the severity of your illness, whether you are able to work into the future, the costs you have already incurred and the ability of your lawyer to negotiate the best terms possible. It is critical to file early and to hire an attorney with experience, proven success and with regional jurisdiction to take your diesel exposure case.

The Lyon Firm focuses on single-event personal injury cases and class actions involving corporate negligence, occupational toxic exposure, and work injury claims. We assume all the financial risk with no cost unless we win. We work strictly on contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and allow our clients to spend their time focusing on their personal health and family as the case moves forward.

About Taylor Yard

Long defunct now, Taylor Yard, in Los Angeles California, was a railway station and classification yard operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The rail company eventually sold off to Union Pacific after some financial difficulties, and closed many former rail yards in California and throughout the west. While Taylor Yard was operational, Southern Pacific used the yard for regular inspection, repair, and storage of freight cars on the Southern Pacific Fruit Express line.

By the 1950s, Taylor Yard was right at the center of the freight network in southern California and the yard grew with the state’s population and economic prosperity. In 1983, an average of 25,000 railroad cars moved through Taylor Yard and 1,200 workers were employed on site. Southern Pacific closed the terminal in 1985, but only after decades of operation that employed tens of thousands of railroad workers.


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What Cancers Are Linked to  Diesel Fumes?

Medical experts and the CDC have warned employers across the country and individuals to avoid excessive exposure to diesel fuel exhaust as well as creosote, silica and asbestos. When workers are faced with an acute or chronic exposure to cancer-causing materials, they may develop 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 your doctor has diagnosed you with an occupational lung disease or cancer after years of employment at a rail yard, you may be entitled to workers compensation, Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) protection, and you may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to ensure your stability of your financial future. 

Which Taylor Yard Workers Were at Risk?

Southern Pacific employees at Taylor Yard and other rail yards in the US were at risk if they ever spend time in the yard in close contact with silica, benzene, asbestos, welding fumes, diesel exhaust or creosote. 

There are several different illnesses associated with railroad toxic exposure. Diesel exhaust, for example, has been linked in studies to strokes, heart disease, as well as throat, stomach, kidney, pancreatic, and bone marrow cancers. Some leukemias may be directly caused by toxic exposure to benzene, a component of diesel exhaust.

Mechanics and machinists, pipefitters and electricians may have been exposed to asbestos and other toxins. Up until the 1980s, many rail installations and much of the machinery on site contained asbestos. Some buildings may even still contain the remnants of asbestos insulation.

Conductors, engineers, yardmen, carmen, brakemen and signal operators were all likely exposed to some degree of diesel exhaust from running engines, and some in very small and poorly-ventilated machine shops.

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Our lawyers have two decades of experience taking on difficult toxic exposure cases on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide. We take pride in representing America’s working class when large corporate entities have failed to protect worker health. We believe very strongly that is a company violated OSHA safety standards and put worker health in peril as a result, they must be held accountable before the courts.

We have the experience and the necessary resources to investigate your claims with the help of industry experts. We have settled many cases for six and seven figured for our clients, and have proven success in all fifty states.

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Taylor Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

If you worked for any rail company in the past, were regularly exposed to toxic materials, and later were diagnosed with a related condition, you likely have a valid claim for compensation. Contact our attorneys to discuss your case.

Is My Employer Responsible for My Health?

Yes, employers in all industries have a duty to protect workers to the best of their ability. If management failed to educate workers, warn of toxic exposure and provide safety gear to workers, they may be held liable for resulting medical conditions. 

Is It Hard To Win a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

Past verdicts and judgements have shown that the American courts do not take kindly to employers who fail to protect workers from injuries or illnesses. Thus, settlements are very likely for former workers who fall ill with a related lung disease. 

Why Hire a Railroad Cancer Lawyer?

A railroad cancer lawyer will give you the best chance to build a strong case against a former employer, and has the ability to negotiate the maximum compensation on your behalf. 

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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How Do You File a Railroad Cancer Claim?

To learn more about the legal process and to understand the steps we need to take to get you a substantial compensation package, watch the video below and contact our legal team to start working on your diesel exposure cancer claim.