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Can Exposures to Diesel Exhaust, Pesticides and Herbicides Cause ALS?

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.  ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, initially causes weakness in the arms and legs.  As it progresses, ALS affects one’s ability to speak, use your hands, swallow and breathe.  We now know that ALS may be related to long-term exposures to diesel exhaust, pesticides and...

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Railroad Cancer Lawsuits

Hughes Law Offices LLC is a law firm dedicated to serving current and former railroad workers who have been diagnosed with various illnesses, including cancer and leukemia.  We focus on toxic tort railroad cases because our founder, Andrew Hughes, has a unique professional background: Andrew previously defended railroads and asbestos manufacturers in FELA and products liability actions.  He brings that...

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Europe Sets Permissible Exposure Limit For Diesel Exhaust

Millions of workers in the European Union (EU) are gaining protection from diesel exhaust exposures because of a new permissible exposure limit...

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Factors Affecting Your Railroad Cancer Settlement

Determining the value of your railroad cancer settlement can be a daunting process. There are many factors that play a part in determining a fair settlement amount. The purpose of this blog is to highlight these factors and briefly explain their importance. Craft/Exposures: Locomotive machinists working in improperly ventilated shops and roundhouses had arguably some of the worst exposures to...

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Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a natural part of crude oil and can be found in gasoline and diesel fuel. Today, benzene is one of the top 20 chemicals that are being mass produced. It is used to make synthetic products such as plastics.  Benzene can also be found in pesticides, degreasers, solvents, drugs, dyes, ink and other products. Workers who are exposed...

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Diesel Exhaust and Chicago Union Station – Part 3 – High-Rises Trap Diesel Exhaust

Chicago Union Station is unique in that the tracks coming and going from the station both on the north and south ends...

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Did the Grade of Diesel Fuel Used by Railroads Matter?

Throughout the entire 20th century, American railroads were allowed to kick off as much diesel exhaust as they wanted. So railroads and...

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Metra’s Fleet of Dirty Locomotives: What You Should Know

Many railroad workers in the Chicago area are diagnosed with cancer and leukemia annually. This stems, in part, from the use of old and inefficient locomotives by railroads like Metra, Union Pacific, BNSF and Amtrak. Federal regulations pertaining to railroad locomotive emissions are based upon the years the locomotives were manufactured. The older locomotives, those manufactured before 2001, are allowed...

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Diesel Exhaust and Chicago Union Station – Part 2 – Initial Air Quality Testing Results

In January of 2010, the Chicago Reporter first reported that commuters who ride passenger trains in Chicago are exposed to “really extreme levels” of cancer-causing diesel exhaust. Testing performed in 2009 by the Clean Air Task Force and commissioned by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago revealed the extreme diesel particulate exposure levels. Via the monitoring method used by...

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