Representative Cases

Survey of Railroad Cancer
Verdicts and Settlements

Railroad cancer cases have resulted in a wide range of verdicts and settlements. Bear in mind, some cases have resulted in “not guilty” verdicts where the sickened worker received nothing. Hughes Law Offices compiled a few cases below.

As you can see, these cases often involve diesel exhaust along with other workplace toxins like solvents, silica sand and asbestos. While no two cases are alike, these results should give you some guidance regarding the potential settlement and verdict value of railroad cancer claims, the types of exposures, and the affected workers.

Hughes Law Offices is providing case histories to inform visitors about actual case fact patterns and rulings. Unless specifically noted, the cases summarized herein were not handled by attorneys at Hughes Law Offices.

If you or a loved one worked for the railroad and received a cancer diagnosis, email FELA cancer railroad trackman cancer attorney Andrew Hughes at or call him at (312) 877-5588 today. Your time to file a claim may be running out.

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    Railroad carman died of pulmonary fibrosis following 18 years of welding, sanding and painting for his railroad employer. Carman also worked around asbestos-containing brakes and silica dust. Plaintiff was further exposed to metal dust and welding fumes.



    Locomotive engineer in his early 60’s developed diesel asthma as a result of exposure to diesel exhaust while riding in locomotives. Asthma condition permanent and would reduce life expectancy.



    Illinois Central Railroad mechanic from Memphis’ Johnston Yard diagnosed with squamous cell oropharyngeal (throat) cancer in his 40’s and was declared cured of the cancer in mid-1990’s. After the initial diagnosis, he went back to work for Illinois Central and...



    CNW and UP trackman developed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) as a result of long-term exposures to creosote, degreasing solvents and lead. Railroad failed to provide necessary protective clothing.



    Railroad trackman / machine operator diagnosed with asbestosis, COPD and cancerphobia via toxic exposures at workplace, including asbestos.



    Railroad maintenance of way / trackman / machine operator developed silicosis as a result of silica dust exposure via work on “double broom” machine, ballast dumper and ballast regulator.



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



    Retired locomotive engineer diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis around age 72 resulting from 29 years of workplace exposures to diesel exhaust, silica dust and asbestos. Plaintiff claimed disease was chronic and would eventually lead to his death.



    Retired railroad employee died of lung cancer as a result of workplace asbestos exposure. Verdict reduced to $3,107,250 for plaintiff’s tobacco use which may have contributed to lung cancer.



    61 year old railroad conductor diagnosed with interstitial fibrosis and an increased risk of lung cancer as a result of exposure to diesel exhaust. Plaintiff rode in cabooses and he deadheaded in second and third locomotives in the consist.



    Retired locomotive engineer diagnosed with COPD, heart conditions and laryngeal cancer stemming from diesel exhaust exposure on board locomotives. Jury voted to reduce verdict by 82% for the COPD and heart condition injuries and 85% for the laryngeal cancer but...



    Former locomotive fireman and engineer with throat cancer and oxygen-dependent lung disease alleged that workplace exposures to asbestos, diesel exhaust and other toxins contributed to his illnesses. GTW denied liability and blamed the plaintiff’s smoking habit.

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