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Herbicide Use in the Railroad Industry

For decades, railroads have used herbicides on mainline tracks, at rail crossings, and inside their rail yards to control vegetation. Many railroad workers, in turn, have endured long-term exposures to those herbicides while working on the ground as brakeman, conductors, car men, and members of the track department. As a result of these railroad herbicide exposures, workers are at increased...

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Factors Affecting Your Railroad Cancer Settlement – Strict Liability v. FELA Comparative Negligence

Railroad workers diagnosed with an illness caused by workplace exposures are entitled to file lawsuits against their employer under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). Under the FELA, railroad workers can recover for their occupational cancer or other illness if they can show that the illness was caused, even in the slightest, by the railroad’s negligence. This is a relatively...

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Statute of Limitations for Filing FELA Claims

The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) is legislation that was created to protect railroad employees who are injured at work. FELA claims have a three-year statute of limitations, which means that a lawsuit must be brought within three years of the occurrence of an injury. In railroad cancer claims, the three-year statute of limitations begins to run on the date...

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Former Railroad Carman and Signalman with Squamous Cell Neck Cancer

A 68-year-old railroad worker brought a FELA action against Consolidated Rail Corporation and its successor Norfolk Southern Railway Company after he was...

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Railroad Workers – Lead Exposures

Railroad workers engaged in welding, torch cutting, rivet busting, sandblasting and demolition operations on equipment, bridges and buildings painted with lead-based paint...

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Railroad Worker Silica Exposures

Railroad workers are at elevated risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer, and pulmonary fibrosis as a result of workplace exposures to silica dust. Silica can be found in ballast, which is the rock foundation below the ties and tracks. Ballast typically consists of granite or limestone. Granite ballast can contain up to 50% silica. Railroad track department or maintenance of...

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YORK v. BNSF – Railroad conductor diagnosed with bladder cancer

Facts: York was employed as a conductor and brakeman for BNSF Railway from 1976 to 1991. During the course of his employment,...

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Railroad Machinists Sickened By Diesel Exhaust, Asbestos & Welding Fumes

Three railroad machinists with exposures to asbestos and diesel exhaust brought suit against their former employer, alleging that their diagnoses were caused...

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COLLINS v. BNSF – Experts in FELA Cancer Cases

Expert testimony is an essential part of a plaintiff’s FELA cancer case. Experts provide opinion testimony on the links between exposures and...

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