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Investigating industrial toxic exposures and diesel exhaust cancer claims on behalf of Union Pacific Bailey Yard workers 

Thousands of railroad workers across the nation have developed occupational lung cancer due to their exposure to diesel exhaust and other industrial toxins. Many workers have filed personal injury claims and settled with their former employers

The Lyon Firm is investigating cancer claims on behalf of current and former Union Pacific rail yard workers nationwide. Thousands of railway workers have developed lung cancer and other cancers after years of diesel exhaust exposure, and may consider filing a toxic exposure personal injury claim against former employers. Contact our legal team for a free and confidential case review.

The Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska is known as being one of the largest, if not the single largest railroad yard in the entire world. Over a hundred trains and over 10,000 railroad cars pass through Bailey Yard every single day. The total area of Bailey Yard is estimated at 2,850 acres.

Union Pacific Railroad operates the site, and employs hundreds of workers, many of whom have been exposed to industrial toxins and diesel exhaust at the workplace. Due to possible safety violations and the failure to properly protect workers from harmful chemicals and industrial materials, occupational cancer cases have been filed.

Employees of Union Pacific and other rail companies have worked very difficult jobs, and after all the hard work they are now facing an ever greater challenge–that of falling ill as a result of years of toxic exposure. Diesel exhaust fumes, welding smoke, asbestos dust, solvents, creosote and other industrial chemicals may have contributed to the occupational lung cancer of railroad employees. Now is the time to reach out and seek compensation.

Individuals suffering from an occupational lung cancer may be entitled to significant compensation for their losses. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your injury claims.

What Damages Are Covered in a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?

Damages in diesel exhaust exposure and railroad lung cancer lawsuits may cover the long-term costs associated with a permanent injury or condition. These may include the following:

  • Hospital and medical bills, including the cost of all future treatments
  • Medical costs that would not typically be covered by health insurance, such as future therapy and rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages, if you have missed months or even years of work due to the illness or cancer
  • Loss of the ability to generate future income (if you cannot work due to permanent injury)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship of a loved one
  • Reduced quality of life

Every personal injury and toxic exposure case is unique, and the amount of damages awarded or the size of the settlement will largely depend on several factors, including the degree of severity of your illness or cancer. Because there are many factors determining the value of your settlement it is important to hire an attorney who has proven experience handling railroad cancer and diesel exposure claims.


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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 Cancers are Linked to Railroad Diesel Exposure?

Published studies have linked diesel exhaust to a myriad of poor health outcomes. Research has shown an increased risk for strokes, heart disease, as well as throat, stomach, kidney, pancreatic, and blood cancers. Lung cancer, however, has been the most widely cited risk for workers who regularly face diesel exhaust exposure. 

Leukemia may also be directly caused by toxic exposure to benzene, a component of diesel fuel. If you or a loved one worked at the North Platte Bailey Yard or another Union Pacific railyard, and have been diagnosed with one of the following diesel exhaust inhalation cancers or conditions, you may have a viable claim:

  • 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 

Former workers have claimed that railroad companies failed in the past to provide a safe workplace, and may have failed to warn or train employees about the hazards of diesel exhaust at specific work sites. When an employer is found negligent in work safety claims, workers can more easily file suit. Such evidence may be more difficult to come by in some cases of toxic exposure, but you are encouraged to come forward to speak for yourselves and your fellow workers. 

Following a conclusive cancer diagnosis, railroad employees may be entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Workers’ compensation may also be a possibility. Those who believe they qualify to file a claim should contact a railroad cancer attorney at (513) 381-2333 to discuss your next steps. 

Which Bailey Yard Workers Are Exposed to Diesel?


Bailey Yard and Union Pacific employees like machinists, pipefitters, and electricians have typically been exposed to a large quantity of diesel exhaust, asbestos, and welding fumes. Shop workers have also historically been exposed to other industrial toxins in solvents, degreasers, lubricants, and various fuels.

Machinists at Union Pacific and the Bailey Yard work site have been diagnosed with lung cancer, AML, multiple myeloma and several lung diseases. The nature of the work in enclosed spaces with poor ventilation exacerbated the problem, and raised the risk of later developing an occupational cancer. 


By design, diesel exhaust is meant to remain outside the cabs of locomotives, but anyone who has ever been inside a running train knows that is not always the case. There is a pervasive smell of diesel and many Union Pacific employees have reported continually cleaning the inside windows of cabs because of the buildup of a toxic diesel fuel film. 

Bailey Yard workers (and their families) can attest to the fact that when the work day is done, there remains an unmistakable odor of diesel exhaust that is carted back home on clothing and person


Rail workers who are tasked with maintaining or constructing tracks and yards have also been exposed to diesel exhaust as they work alongside locomotives and track equipment. Poorly ventilated work sites, combined with diesel-powered machines running in close quarters, creates a risky work environment, which can turn into a breeding ground for diesel exhaust exposure cancers if workers do not take the proper precautions. 


The many mechanics who maintain and repair locomotives and rail cars have probably always been heavily exposed to diesel exhaust fumes. Diesel engine mechanics have worked in poorly ventilated roundhouses and shops where engines run in small spaces.

Mechanics encounter running locomotives which also produce other harmful inhalants like ballast dust. The machinery itself and even the buildings, constructed long ago, may also be lined with toxic asbestos-insulated steam pipes and boilers, and asbestos brake pads and linings.

In short, anyone at Bailey Yard or around a Union Pacific railyard may have been exposed to diesel exhaust and be at risk. The longer the employment, it is assumed that the longer the exposure and hence, the greater the risk for later developing an occupational lung cancer. 

Railroad cancer cases may be connected to other railroad locations as well. Contact a workplace injury attorney to learn more about the health implications of railroad work, and if you have questions about filing a personal injury claim. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

The Lyon Firm can help you find the answers to difficult questions. We can fight for you and gain rightful compensation. Our law firm has the experience, resources, and dedication to take on difficult and emotional occupational cancer cases. Perhaps most importantly, we aim to help all clients obtain justice for the wrong they have suffered.

Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced Workplace Injury and Toxic Exposure Attorney. The Lyon Firm has 20 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.

Work Injury lawsuits can be complicated and often require industry experts to determine the root cause of your illness or injury. Mr. Lyon works with experts nationwide to help individuals understand why an occupational illness occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their loved ones.

Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six-figure results. View our Case Results page to learn more about the types of cases our firm has tried and settled. 

Contact Us to Pursue a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit Settlement

Occupational cancer cases are often life-threatening medical conditions that result in physical, emotional, and financial hardships for families. You may choose legal action to help at least partially resolve such a difficult challenge.

If you or a loved one were exposed to diesel exhaust fumes of other industrial toxins while working for a railroad company, and have since developed cancer, lung conditions, or other related illnesses, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333. We have the relevant experience and resources needed to reach the compensation you deserve. 

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why You Should File a Claim

Plaintiffs with mounting medical costs and without the ability to work can recover sizable settlements. A settlement may include long-term disability, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and lost wages. You have worked hard for your employer and you deserve to be taken care of when you suffer a workplace injury or an illness. 


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Bailey Yard Toxic Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Diesel Exposure Cancer Lawsuit?

If you were exposed toxic materials, and have later developed cancer, you may qualify for compensation. Determining liability can be a difficult process, however, so it is prudent to hire a railroad cancer lawyer to improve your chances of success.

Is my Employer Responsible For My Injury?

Railroad companies are responsible for educating, training, and protecting employees in high-risk positions. They are required to provide all the proper safety equipment and ensure that all the gear is properly maintained.

If there is an OSHA safety violation or negligence that leads to an illness or injury, employers may be held accountable. Contact our workplace injury attorneys to investigate.

Is It Difficult To Win a Railroad Cancer Case?

The success rates of settlements in occupational diesel exposure cancer cases are quite high. It will be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of your illness, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we work with leading experts throughout the country to resolve your case. 

How Can a Railroad Cancer Lawyer Help?

A railroad cancer lawyer can perform all of the important tasks required to file a toxic exposure lawsuit on your behalf. We will research the law, gather medical documentation, trace the source of exposure and link it to your medical condition, formulate a strong legal strategy, and negotiate for the highest settlement possible. 

If you or a loved one needs legal representation for a railroad cancer lawsuit, contact the Lyon Firm at (513) 381-2333. 

Your Right to Justice

Can I File an Occupational Cancer Lawsuit?

After any railroad worker develops an occupational lung disease or lung cancer, they should consider legal action to improve their health and financial situation. Compensation may be available for lost wages, medical costs, emotional distress and possible punitive damages for any employer that willfully neglects the safety of their workers. 

The Lyon Firm has two decades of experience in filing toxic exposure lawsuits on behalf of victims nationwide. We are here to assist you in whatever legal action you choose to pursue.