Diesel Injury Law

Railroad Workers
& Bladder Cancer

Railroad workers are at increased risk for bladder cancer. Why is that? Because a railroad worker's exposures to diesel exhaust, second-hand tobacco smoke, welding fumes, paints and solvents can all lead to bladder cancer. We represent railroad workers diagnosed with bladder cancer.

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    Industry exposures to toxins along with railroad exposures to solvents, diesel exhaust, fuels and creosote can cause bladder cancer in railroad workers.

    Bladder cancer is the fifth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States. Approximately 60,000 new cases of this disease are diagnosed annually. Railroad workers who suffered occupational exposures to diesel exhaust for more than 10 years are more than two-times more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer compared to unexposed workers.

    At Hughes Law Offices, our railroad cancer attorneys can obtain settlements or verdicts if your bladder cancer resulted from your workplace exposures.  We consult with top experts, including industrial hygienists, toxicologists, occupational medicine doctors and oncologists.  That expertise coupled with our legal acumen helps make us a top FELA cancer law firm.

    The Link Between Diesel and Bladder Cancer

    In the 1950s, it was first discovered that diesel exhaust was linked to various occupational cancers. This is because diesel exhaust contains several known carcinogens, which include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, formaldehyde, and benzene. There have been a number of studies of high-risk workers, such as truck drivers, miners, and railroad employees, who have all linked their exposure to diesel to various types of cancer. In 2012, diesel exhaust was finally declared to be carcinogenic to humans by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.  With the help of our experts and all the supporting studies, Hughes Law Offices will do everything we can to prove that your railroad exposures resulted in your bladder cancer diagnosis.

    The Long-Term Effects of Bladder Cancer

    While bladder cancer can be treated successfully if diagnosed early, there can still be long-lasting effects that make life difficult, painful and result in lost time from work. Under the FELA, the available damages include things like lost wages, past and future medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.  At the outset of your case, one of our railroad cancer lawyers will perform a thorough interview with you.  The lawyer will then consult with experts in order to ensure that we can connect your railroad exposures to your medical diagnosis.

    Why You Need a Railroad Cancer Attorney’s Help

    Railroads tirelessly defend these bladder cancer cases. They do so because they have exposed generations of their employees to known bladder carcinogens.  They do so because they wish to discourage injured parties and their attorneys from bringing lawsuits.  The deep-pocketed railroads hire teams of experts to offer opinions that the railroad did nothing wrong.  The railroads’ highly paid experts will opine that your exposures in the locomotive cabs, rail yards and shops were no different than the exposures suffered by pedestrians walking down city streets. The railroads will bring out unreliable air monitoring studies performed by in-house “safety” personnel.  They will, in short, pull out all the stops to defeat your claim.  If your lawyer does not know what to expect, your case will not end well.

    Let us fight the railroad so that you can focus on your recovery.  Call Hughes Law Offices at 312-877-5588 to learn more today.

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    Survey of Railroad Cancer Claims

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    Railroad carman died of pulmonary fibrosis following 18 years of welding.



    Locomotive engineer in his early 60’s developed diesel asthma.



    Railroad mechanic diagnosed with squamous cell oropharyngeal cancer.



    Trainman died of nasopharyngeal cancer as a result of working on-board locomotives filled with diesel exhaust.



    Retired railroad employee died of lung cancer as a result of workplace asbestos exposure.



    61 year old railroad conductor diagnosed with interstitial fibrosis and an increased risk of lung cancer as a result of exposure to diesel exhaust.

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