Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee include: 

  • BNSF Railway – BNSF operates Tennessee Yard, Yale Yard Vehicle Facility, and Memphis Intermodal Facility.
  • Canadian National Railway – CN operates Harrison Yard. 
  • CSX Transportation – CSX operates Wauhatchie Yard, Leewood Yard, Radnor Yard, and Kayne Ave. Yard. 
  • Norfolk Southern Railway – NS operates DeButts Yard and John Sevier Yard. 

Illustrative Tennessee railroad verdicts & settlements:

  • $8,600,000 verdict – Plaintiff worked as a railroad switchman for over 40 years, primarily at Witherspoon Scrapyard in South Knoxville. He was exposed to radiation, asbestos, and diesel fumes throughout his railroad career which contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis and eventual death. (Payne v. CSX Transportation)
  • $4,255,000 verdict – Railroad mechanic worked in Illinois Central RR’s Trigg Avenue and Johnson yard maintenance shops in Memphis from 1974 to 2007. During his career, he was exposed to asbestos, diesel exhaust, and secondhand cigarette smoke. As a result of his exposures, he developed throat cancer leading to his death in 2008. The judgment was reduced to $3,335,685 to offset the medical expenses paid by the railroad on behalf of Mr. Russell. (Russell v. Illinois Central Railroad Company)

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

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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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