Chronic railroad exposures to diesel exhaust, asbestos, creosote, welding fumes, silica sand, benzene-containing solvents and degreasers, herbicides, and secondhand smoke can lead to numerous conditions, including:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
- Multiple Myeloma (MM)
- Diesel Asthma
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Reactive Airway Disease (RADS)
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
We serve all railroad employees in crafts with historical exposures to toxins, including the following:
- Locomotive Engineer
- Track Department/Trackman
- Locomotive Machinist/Electrician/Pipefitter
- Car Department/Carman
- Bridges & Buildings
In proving up your railroad cancer lawsuit, Hughes Law Offices will take any unique exposures into account. For instance, we have served clients who described leaking underground fuel tanks, serving chemical plants and refineries, exposures from toxic freight, etc. We will bring all of those exposures to bear in proving up your railroad cancer case.
Class I railroads operating in Iowa include:
- Canadian National Railway – CN operates Waterloo Yard.
- Canadian Pacific Railway – CP operates Nahant Yard in Davenport.
- Union Pacific Railroad – UP’s Iowa-based facilities include Short Line Yard and Council Bluffs Yard.
- BNSF Railway – BNSF formerly operated West Burlington Yard.
Illustrative Iowa railroad verdicts & settlements:
- $560,000 verdict – Railroad machinist working at West Burlington Yard used solvents to clean locomotive parts and engines which caused him to suffer brain damage. The railroad argued that the brain damage was instead caused by heavy alcohol and drug use. The Jury awarded $500,000 for the Plaintiff’s brain damage and an additional $60,000 for a chemical burn suffered by the Plaintiff while he was on the job. (Kemp v. Burlington Northern Railroad)
Hughes Law Offices is providing case histories to inform visitors about actual case fact patterns and rulings in your area. Unless specifically noted, the cases summarized herein were not handled by attorneys at Hughes Law Offices.
If you suspect that your illness or that of a loved one could be related to railroad workplace exposures, please call 312-877-5588 to speak to a railroad cancer attorney.