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Diesel Exhaust Exposure

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Railroad Cancer Lawsuits

The health problems associated with working at railyards and other related heavy industry are well-documented. Our firm is dedicated to helping individuals and families seek compensation when an occupational cancer is diagnosed many years after working for a railroad company. Call for a free consultation. 

Many former railroad workers fall ill many years after an initial period of toxic exposure, and may not be entirely sure if there are any consequences for a negligent employer. If an employer failed to properly warn workers of a safety risk, failed to train workers on workplace safety, violated OSHA safety standards, and failed to provide safety equipment, they may be held liable for any injury or illness that results. 

After any cancer or medical condition gets a confirmed diagnosis, many individuals begin to wonder if they were at an increased cancer risk at their workplace. Many rail yards, including USA Rail terminals that service and operate diesel locomotives, have been linked to occupational cases. 

Dozens of illnesses and cancers are linked directly to railroad diesel exposure. Workers at USA Rail terminals in Baton Rouge, Orange, or Port Arthur, Texas, along with hundreds of other rail yards could be exposed to diesel exhaust fumes, creosote and coal tar pitch, benzene, industrial solvents, asbestos, silica dust, welding fumes and other toxins. The inhalation of each toxic material carries its own health and cancer risk, which could include 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 

Can I Get Compensated For An Occupational Illness?

Each individual railroad cancer case is unique, with everyone’s work history and medical record different. Our diesel exhaust cancer lawyers work with industry experts assess viable cases, and aim to reach a fair settlement that may include the following:

  • Medical Costs: Any past health-related expense may be reimbursed if an individual’s cancer is deemed to be directly linked to toxic exposure at a rail yard. Any future expenses will also be covered by a settlement, including all medications, treatments, hospital visits, physician consultations, surgeries, and rehab programs.

  • Lost Wages: If a worker had to stop working due to an illness or occupational cancer, they may be compensated for lost earnings. If the injury or illness precludes them from returning to the workforce in the same or similar capacity, they may file a claim to be compensated for lost future earnings. Some settlement packages may also include job training compensation.

  • Non-Material Damages: Our legal team will negotiate for damages compensation that include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of companionship, loss of quality of life and wrongful death.

About USA Rail

USA Rail is a relatively new rail logistics company, but workers are likely to face the same health issues as their counterparts did fifty years ago. Toxic diesel inhalation, and exposure to creosote, benzene, solvents, welding fumes, silica dust and asbestos can result in the development of many serious illnesses.

USA Rail has rail yards, otherwise known as terminals , positioned on the Gulf Coast in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in Port Arthur and Orange, Texas. The market for transporting oil and gas and other petrochemicals requires a fair amount of railcar storage, switching, transloading, cleaning and rail maintenance. The rail terminals in Baton Rouge are served by Union Pacific. The Orange, Texas yards are served by UP and BNSF, and  the Port Arthur yard is served by Kansas City Southern.

Many workers at USA Rail yards are tasked with rail car cleaning and repair. This may involve working with some very toxic substances, placing workers at risk, particularly when working in a poorly ventilated area.

When railroad track workers operate machinery that disturb railroad ballast, silica dust is released into the air and can easily be inhaled. Many American railroad workers are exposed to silica at their respective rail yards, sometimes regardless of their position.

Diesel exhaust fumes are also so commonly present at rial yards that almost any worker in the filed can be at risk of chronic diesel exposure. Other workers at risk include welders, electricians, carmen, yardmen, trackmen, conductors, engineers and others.


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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 USA Rail Workers Are at Diesel Cancer Risk?

Almost any railroad worker at USA Rail terminals in Baton Rouge, Orange or Port Arthur, Texas could be at risk if they spend years in the field, facing exposure to various toxic materials that include the following:

  • Diesel Exhaust Fumes
  • Welding Fumes
  • Silica Dust
  • Ballast Dust
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Industrial Solvents
  • Coal Tar Pitch – Creosote

Any individual that fails to wear protective equipment or worked in poorly ventilated areas and work shops are are risk. The individual occupations and positions that face toxic exposure may include the following:

  • Mechanics
  • Machinists
  • Conductors
  • Engineers
  • Yardmen/Trackmen/Carmen/Brakemen
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters
  • Maintenance Staff

Why Hire The Lyon Firm?

We have 20 years of experience in filing toxic workplace exposure lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs in all fifty states. The Lyon Firm works with leading industry experts, and we offer representation that includes no financial risk for our clients. 

We proven success and have settled many occupational cancer cases for six and seven figures. Our legal team takes the lead and allows you to focus on your health and spend time with your family. Filing a claim may seem to be complex, but our lawyers can guide you through the process. All you need to do is compile your documentation and we can begin the legal process. 

USA Rail Diesel Exposure FAQ

Can I File A Railroad Injury Claim?

If you were injured at a USA Rail yard, or later developed cancer due to chronic toxic exposure at your workplace, you may be eligible for compensation. If your employer violated OSHA safety regulations, failed to properly warn you, train you, or failed to provide safety gear, you likely have a good case. 

Is It Difficult To Win a Railroad Cancer Case?

The success rates of diesel cancer settlements for railroad staff are very high. We will need time to build a strong case on your behalf, so do not hesitate to call us and learn more about your legal options. 

What Toxic Materials are Used at Rail Yards?
  • Creosote
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Welding Fumes
  • Diesel Fumes
  • Silica
  • Ballast Dust
  • Solvents