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Railroad employees have long faced a hazardous work environment. There are obvious physical dangers as well as a number of health concerns that stem from chronic toxic exposure to asbestos, diesel exhaust and other carcinogenic inhalants. 

Reviewing long-term health and safety violations for former Union Pacific Railroad workers at Davis Yard in California

The Lyon Firm is investigating claims nationwide of railroad diesel toxic exposure. Many former workers for several different rail freight operators have been diagnosed with cancers related to the exposure to asbestos, diesel exhaust, creosote and silica. Occupational illnesses may lay dormant for many years before signs and symptoms arise, but they can still be linked to past exposures to toxins. 

Occupational diesel exhaust exposure, for example, can lead to the development of several kinds of cancer, lung diseases and other permanent injuries. Studies have linked long-term benzene and diesel inhalation to cancer and serious lung disease. 

Workers that have spent time at JR Davis Yard in Roseville, California and now are suffering from a lung disease or a related cancer may consider legal action to help pay for their losses. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer at (513) 381-2333 to begin reviewing your work injury claims. Our lawyers work tirelessly to reach you a settlement when you file a claim. 

What is Covered in Railroad Cancer Settlements?

California railroad workers put many years into their jobs, only to realize they have been exposed to a number of very toxic materials. Lawsuits have named the railroad companies themselves as defendants, who may have known the dangers workers were facing. The following can be sought in your occupational cancer claim:

  • Medical bills for occupational illness treatments
  • Future costs of medical attention
  • Coverage for the necessary medication, surgery, and future treatments
  • Healthcare costs not covered by basic health insurance
  • The cost of follow-up therapy and ongoing rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earnings (for when a worker cannot return to work)
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful Death

About The JR Davis Yard

The JR Davis Yard (also known simply as the Davis Yard ) is a massive marshaling yard of the Union Pacific Railroad in Roseville, California.  Around 95 percent of all rail traffic in Northern California moves through the Davis Yard, including all rail cars from satellite yards in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno, Stockton, Tracy, Warm Springs, Milpitas and Modesto.

In 2009, the Union Pacific was the third largest employer in Roseville, providing jobs for 2,000 individuals. Its origins reach back to the Roseville Yard of the Southern Pacific Company (SP), which operated on the First Transcontinental Railroad in the early 20th century.

In 1996, the Union Pacific Railroad took over and expanded the yard into its main freight hub in Northern California. In 1999, the Roseville Yard was renamed “JR Davis Yard” in honor of the former President of Union Pacific.

Due to the size of the industrial area, there have been no shortage of concerns among the local population about a possible health hazard from the diesel exhaust fumes. In fact, as many as one hundred diesel locomotives run through the yard daily.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) carried out a study in late 1999 to investigate the presumed air pollution. The results showed an annual pollution of 25 tons of fine dust, a relatively large number.

In 2012, only 80 percent of Union Pacific’s 8,000 diesel locomotives met the EPA emissions standards. As a result of pressure from safety groups, UP invested billions in the renewal of their diesel fleet.

This is merely one rail yard of many in California and across the country. Employees who moved from site to site in search of work can also file a claim. Gather your documented medical records and work history and contact our team. 


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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.

What Illnesses Are Linked To Diesel Exhaust 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 

Work safety attorneys have argued that each of the above conditions could have been prevented by an employer’s willingness to properly protect workers. If they trained staff on the hazards of toxic inhalation, were given safety equipment that was regularly maintained, and educated workers on signs of lung damage, a lot of cancer cases may have been prevented. 

Workers’ compensation and FELA claims may be available for injured railroad employees, but to be sure of conflicting compensation packages, victims should contact a railroad cancer attorney at (513) 381-2333.

Which JR Davis Yard Workers Are at Highest Risk?

  • Rail shop machinists
  • Pipefitters
  • Electricians 
  • Engineers
  • Conductors
  • Brakemen
  • Carmen
  • Maintenance staff
  • Equipment operators
  • Construction workers
  • Mechanics

Almost anyone working in the vicinity of toxins is at risk. The longer the toxic exposure, the higher the risk, generally. So career workers at any rail station would be much more likely to develop a related cancer than a worker who only spent a few months on the job. 

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

Joe Lyon has two decades of experience in the field of toxic exposure litigation. The firm has filed many work injury claims after a worker was exposed to dangerous materials and later developed a cancer or a related illness. 

Our legal team works closely with some of the nation’s leading industrial injury experts, and we can build a strong case on your behalf. 

The diesel exhaust cancer lawsuit success rates are very high when a worker is able to demonstrate that they spent time around hazardous materials and later fell ill. Victims are urged to contact an attorney very soon after a confirmed diagnosis to ensure that a case gets filed in time. 

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Why Should You File a Claim?

Beyond the compensation that you need to help pay for the mounting medical bills, we believe you deserve damages for lost wages and most of all, to obtain justice for the wrong you have suffered. 

By filing a work injury claim, you make the entire industry safer and more reliable for workers. Employers that are held accountable for exposing their staff to toxins are much less likely to do so in the future. File a lawsuit and fight for the safety of America’s workforce. 


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Davis Yard Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Injury Lawsuit?

If you worked for Union Pacific at the JR Davis Yard or another work site and later developed a serious lung disease, you may have a viable claim. Contact our lawyers to review your unique case. Do not hesitate to seek compensation. 

Who Is Responsible For My Injury?

The companies that manage and operate a rail yard are responsible for the health and safety of all workers on site. If any OSHA violation leads to an injury or an illness, that company can be held accountable by law. 

Is It Hard To Win a Railroad Work Injury Case?

The Lyon Firm has a very strong track record when filing toxic exposure claims on behalf of railroad workers. We only take on cases we believe we can win, and offer free consults to any former rail worker. 

How Can a Railroad Cancer Lawyer Help Me?

We aim to reach the largest and fastest settlement for all our clients, and if we need to go to trial on your behalf, we have the resources necessary to do so. Contact us to learn more about the process and your current legal options.