Diesel – Cancers

Since the 1950’s, diesel exhaust has been associated with occupational cancers.  Diesel exhaust contains known carcinogens including benzene, formaldehyde and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.  Studies of high-risk workers like railroad employees, truck drivers and miners have all linked workplace diesel exposures to various cancers. At long last,  in 2012, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that diesel fumes are “carcinogenic to humans.”

This 2012 finding by the World Health Organization will make it easier to prove that your cancer is related to your workplace exposure to diesel vapors and exhaust.

Many cancers have been linked to diesel exposure, including:

  • Lung Cancer

  • Bladder Cancer

  • Kidney Cancer

  • Cancers of the Throat, Nose and Mouth

  • Stomach Cancer

  • Colorectal Cancer

There are over 300 variations of cancer.  In addition to those listed above, many other cancers may be caused by exposures to diesel exhaust.  Bear in mind that diesel exhaust is often the starting point regarding our analysis.  Diesel-exposed workers often endure additional exposures to toxins like benzene-containing solvents, silica sand, creosote, pesticides, second-hand smoke and asbestos.  After a thorough intake by an attorney, Diesel Injury Law will consult with leading oncologists and epidemiologists to determine if your cancer may have been caused by your unique workplace exposures.  To learn more, contact us today at (312) 877-5588.

Here are a couple examples of cancer verdicts and settlements resulting from diesel-related claims:

  • In February of 2015, an Illinois jury awarded a family just over $3.1 million in a wrongful death lung cancer case involving a former employee of a Class I railroad.  The claims in that case included both asbestos and diesel exhaust exposures.
  • In 2014, the family of a 62 year old railroad trackman who died as a result of gastric cancer received a $950,000 settlement from a railroad.  The trackman’s family alleged that his occupational exposures to diesel exhaust, creosote, calcium chloride, herbicide and pesticides caused his gastric cancer.

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