Investigating industrial toxic exposures and diesel exhaust cancer claims on behalf of Kansas City Southern workers nationwide.
Numerous employers across the nation have failed to protect their workers over the last several decades, resulting in serious toxic exposure cases and occupational lung disease in former employees.
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company is an American Class I railroad operating in ten states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Kansas City Southern hauls freight for seven major government and business sectors: agriculture and minerals, military, automotive, chemical and petroleum, energy, industrial and consumer products and intermodal.
Frequent diesel exhaust exposures at the workplace may be more than just an irritating part of the job. In fact, regular diesel exposure can result in very serious medical conditions, including occupational lung disease and industrial toxic exposure cancers. Those suffering from a diesel exhaust-related cancer may be entitled to compensation. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer to begin reviewing your injury claims.
The Lyon Firm is currently investigating diesel exhaust injury claims for Kansas City Southern workers sickened by diesel exhaust and other industrial toxins. Railroad workers have historically been exposed to asbestos, solvents, fuels, welding fumes, silica, and creosote, leading to long-term health problems. Employers may be liable for these injuries.
There are several different illnesses associated with diesel exhaust exposure. Diesel exhaust has been linked in studies to strokes, heart disease, as well as throat, stomach, kidney, pancreatic and bone marrow cancers.
Some leukemias, also called blood cancers, may be directly caused by exposure to benzene, a component of diesel exhaust. If you or a loved one worked for a railroad company and have been diagnosed with one of the following diesel exhaust cancers or conditions, you may have a viable claim:
Railroad companies have often failed to provide a safe workplace for employees, and may have failed to warn or train employees about the hazards of diesel exhaust.
As a result, after an injury, railroad employees are entitled to compensation under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), and should contact a railroad cancer lawyer to discuss further damages.
Kansas City Southern shop employees like machinists, pipefitters, and electricians have typically been exposed to a significant amount of diesel exhaust, asbestos and welding fumes. Kansas City Southern shop workers have been exposed to a variety of toxins in solvents, degreasers, lubricants and fuels. Machinists have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer and blood disorders like myelodysplastic syndrome, acute myeloid leukemia, and multiple myeloma.
Ideally, diesel exhaust remains outside the cabs of locomotives, but of course that is not always the case. Kansas City Southern employees have reported continually cleaning the inside windows of a cab because of the buildup of diesel fuel remnants and toxic debris.
Families of Kansas City Southern workers can describe the unmistakable odor of diesel exhaust that workers drag back home on their clothing and person. Thus, occupational cancers, pulmonary problems and blood disorders have been common issues for railroad employees.
Kansas City Southern employees who maintain and construct tracks and yards are also exposed to diesel exhaust as they work closely with locomotives and track equipment. Poorly ventilated working conditions, combined with the presence of diesel-powered machines, created a breeding ground for diesel exhaust exposure cancers.
The mechanics who maintain and repair locomotives and rail cars can be heavily exposed to diesel exhaust. Diesel mechanics often work in poorly ventilated roundhouses and shops where engines running in closed spaces. Mechanics encounter running locomotives which also produce other harmful inhalants like ballast dust. The machinery and buildings may also house asbestos-insulated steam pipes and boilers, asbestos-containing brake pads and linings.
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If you were exposed to any chemical or toxin at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.
Employers are responsible for educating, training, and protecting employees in high-risk work situations. This means also proving all the proper safety gear and making sure all precautionary equipment is maintained. If there is an OSHA violation or mismanagement that leads to illness or injury, the employer may be accountable. Contact our attorneys to investigate.
Asbestos: Asbestos exposure was common in several industries throughout the last 75 years, leading to mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis and other cancer cases. Because there is a long latency period between the time of exposure and cancer diagnosis, many workers are still being diagnosed with asbestos cancers today.
Benzene: Tire and rubber, VC workers, dry cleaning, truck drivers and petroleum workers are most likely to be exposed to benzene and suffer serious illnesses and cancer like leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes years after exposure.
Metal Lung disease: Welders and other industrial workers have suffered occupational lung disease injury after years of repeated exposure to dangerous toxins.
Popcorn Lung: food production workers, coffee roasters, and other workers exposed to diacetyl and food flavoring chemicals may be diagnosed with Popcorn lung disease.
Roundup, Paraquat & Chlorpyrifos: Farmers and others working in agriculture may be exposed to chemicals and later develop cancers.
Sarcoidosis: several toxins may be responsible for a sarcoidosis diagnosis, and various workplaces are considered high risk.
Silica: those working in mining and fracking operations may be exposed to an unsafe amount of silica and other chemicals, leading to occupational lung disease diagnoses.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia: AML cases are more common now that many employees have been exposed to various dangerous chemicals at the workplace.
The success rates of settlements regarding toxic occupational diesel exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of a lung injury, cancer or other disease, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large settlements.
Our Firm will help you find answers and rightful compensation. The Lyon Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered.
Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced Toxic Exposure Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 19 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 complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an illness, accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an occupational injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.
Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.
Results: Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results.
Many of my clients come to me in the hardest moments of their lives. They’ve suffered an occupational lung disease injury, they’ve lost a family member, their health and financial situation has deteriorated. These are serious losses that they may not be able to overcome.
It’s a fear of the future and uncertainty that has driven them to come to a lawyer and to ask, “What available legal rights are there?” in order to add some security for their future. The Lyon Firm takes the lead and guides clients through the process of filing catastrophic workplace injury lawsuits.