Kentucky Railroad Cancer Law Firm

Chicago-based Hughes Law Offices serves current and former railroad employees diagnosed with cancer, leukemia and pulmonary issues as a result of their work for the railroad.  Whether you worked in engine service, on the track, or in the shops, we will analyze your craft’s unique exposures and determine whether they contributed to causing your illness.  We handle railroad cancer lawsuits in Kentucky and throughout the United States.

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:





We serve all railroad employees in crafts with historical exposures to toxins, including the following:

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 Kentucky include:

  • Canadian National Railway
  • CSX Transportation – CSX’s Kentucky-based facilities include Atkinson Yard, Casky Yard, Corbin Yard, Henderson Yard, Loyall Yard, Obannon Yard, Prime F. Osborn Yard, Russell Yard, and Shelby Yard. CSX also formerly operated the South Louisville Yard (now the site of Cardinal Stadium). 
  • Norfolk Southern Railway – NS operates Auto Rack Yard, Danville Yard, Ludlow Yard, and Youngtown Yard. 

Illustrative Kentucky railroad verdicts & settlements:

  • $2,740,000 verdict – Railroad shop worker was required to use dangerous chlorinated solvents while working in a locomotive repair facility at CSX’s South Louisville Rail Yard. He later developed toxic encephalopathy induced by exposure to solvents. (Moody v. CSX Transp. Inc.)
  • $ 3,000,000 verdict – Railroad shop worker was repeatedly exposed to chlorinated solvents while working at CSX’s Corbin Yard and South Louisville Yard. He was diagnosed with solvent-induced brain damage. The judgment was reduced to $1,950,000 for the Plaintiff’s 35% comparative negligence. (Lone v. CSX Transp. Inc.)
  • $5,000,000 verdict – Railroad electrician worked at CSX’s Corbin Yard where he was exposed to a variety of chlorinated solvents including TCE, PERC, and TCA. As a result of his exposure, he was left with permanent brain damage. He was also exposed to asbestos which caused a respiratory injury. (Hensley v. CSX Transp. Inc.)
  • $1,570,159 verdict – Railroad pipefitter used chlorinated solvents as degreasing agents while working in a locomotive repair facility at CSX’s Corbin Yard. As a result of his exposure, he developed toxic encephalopathy. Judgment was reduced to $1,099,011 to offset the Plaintiff’s comparative negligence. (Monhollen v. CSX Trans. Inc.)
  • $2,000,000 verdict – Railroad machinist working in locomotive repair shops at CSX’s South Louisville Yard used chlorinated solvents, primarily TCE, to clean locomotives. Plaintiff was diagnosed with toxic encephalopathy. The judgment was reduced to $ 1,800,000 to reflect the finding of the Plaintiff’s 10% contributory negligence. (Williams v. CSX Transp. Inc.)
  • $577,000 verdict – Railroad laborer and service attendant worked at CSX’s South Louisville Yard for 18 years where he was chronically exposed to chlorinated solvents such as PERC and TCA. The Plaintiff was subsequently diagnosed with solvent-induced toxic encephalopathy causing him to suffer from memory loss, depression, anxiety, and loss of concentration. At the time of trial, the Plaintiff was 74 years old. (Montgomery v. CSX)
  • $732,598 verdict – Railroad laborer and machinist worked at CSX’s South Louisville Yard for 29 years where was exposed to chlorinated solvents on a daily basis. The solvent fumes regularly made him feel high or drunk requiring him to take frequent “fresh air” breaks. As a result of his exposures, the Plaintiff was diagnosed with solvent-induced toxic encephalopathy at the age of 58. (O’Bannon v. CSX)

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. 

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