New York 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 New York 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 New York include:

  • CSX Transportation – CSX operates Frontier Yard, De Witt Yard, Oak Point Yard, Goodman Street Yard, and Selkirk Yard.
  • Norfolk Southern Railway – NS operates East Binghamton Yard, Middle Yard, and Bison Yard. 
  • Canadian National Railway – CN operates Black Rock Rail Yard.

Illustrative New York railroad verdicts & settlements:

  • $18,000,000 verdict – Three railroad machinists who worked for Long Island Railroad at its Hillside and Morris Park maintenance yards endured chronic asbestos exposure during their careers. As a result of their exposures, all three men developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asbestosis. The total jury verdict was divided between the three Plaintiffs into individual awards of $8 million, $6 million, and $4 million. The $4 million award was reduced to $2.4 million to account for that Plaintiff’s comparative negligence. (Harrington v. LIRR Co.)
  • $750,000 settlement – Railroad brakeman and conductor was employed by Lehigh Valley Railroad for ten years during which time he was exposed to asbestos in Lehigh Valley’s trains and facilities. He was subsequently diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 50 and he passed away 2 months after his diagnosis. His estate brought suit against Consolidated Rail (which absorbed Lehigh Valley R.R.) and the parties settled on the eve of trial. (Dicosmo v. Conrail)

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. 

Client Testimonials

Worked Diligently

For the past two years Andrew Hughes has worked diligently in helping me with my case against the Norfolk Southern R.R. During this time he has kept me thoroughly informed about my case his expertise led to me getting a generous settlement...

- Client

The National Trial Lawyers

Unique Expertise

Andrew took over my asthma claim with the railroad after a different law firm failed to meet expectations. Andrew’s unique expertise in the field of diesel related injury gave him the ability to build my case exceptionally well. When Andrew presented...

- Steven

Professional and Trustworthy

From my very first contact with Andrew we have found him to be compassionate, hard working and trust worthy. In the eight months we were associated with Andrew we feel he has also become a friend of ours

- Ronald

Wrongful Death Case

My family hired attorney Hughes for the wrongful death of my brother. Mr. Hughes worked very hard on our case, the results were excellent. I would recommend him to anyone needing an attorney, he is a very fair and kind person.

- Carolyn

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