Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania include: 

  • CSX Transportation – CSX operates Woodbourne Yard. 
  • Norfolk Southern Railway – NS operates Allentown Yard, Conway Yard, Enola Yard, Harrisburg Yard, Rutherford Yard, Altoona Yard, Reading Yard, South Spring Street Yard, Taylor Yard, and Windsor Street Yard. NS also operates locomotive shops in Pittsburgh, Altoona, and Enola. 

Illustrative Pennsylvania railroad verdicts & settlements:

  • $800,000 verdict – Retired trackman and machine operator worked for Conrail for approximately 20 years. He was exposed to asbestos while working in track gangs assigned to digging up and resurfacing tracks. As a result of his exposure, he developed pleural thickening, asbestosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (Roger Alfman v. Conrail)
  • $690,000 verdict – Track maintenance worker employed by Conrail was exposed to coal dust, vapors, diesel fumes, silica, creosote, chemicals, and various airborne irritants. The Plaintiff subsequently developed pulmonary problems including respiratory diseases and asbestosis. Conrail argued that these ailments were instead caused by the Plaintiff’s years of cigarette smoking. The Jury attributed 31% of the Plaintiff’s injuries to Conrail and reduced the award to $213,900 accordingly. (Alfman v. Consolidated Rail Corp.)

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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