Who We Serve

Corporations such as railroads have cut corners on old equipment, cheap fuel and unsafe practices for years, putting their profit margins ahead of their employees’ safety. As a result,

American railroad workers offering their everyday grit and hard-won experience are rewarded with illnesses such as lung cancer and leukemia. We fight on their behalf.

Whether you worked in the locomotive shops, car shops, or on board locomotives, you likely experienced regular exposures to diesel exhaust.  Industries have identified diesel exhaust as a possible cancer-causing source since the 1950’s. Despite that, workers have been sent into improperly ventilated shops and locomotives with no training, no warnings and no personal protective equipment and been forced to breath in diesel exhaust while becoming caked in diesel soot. These railroad workers endured chronic exposures and recurring symptoms like ear, nose and throat irritations, lightheadedness, headaches, nausea and chest tightness as “part of the job” and they are now left to pay the price. The everyday diesel exposures, the symptoms of which may have only been temporary, lead to more serious illnesses down the line such as lung, throat, stomach, kidney and bladder cancers and many pulmonary problems, like asthma and COPD.

Unfortunately, many treating doctors are not aware of the dangers of diesel exhaust and often attribute a worker’s illness to an alternative cause, such as a smoking history. These same doctors make these findings without visiting their patient’s workplace. The doctors never come to learn that the patient on their examining table is the victim of a toxic exposure to diesel exhaust. As a result, many sickened railroaders simply accept their fate and fail to pursue their legal options. Our mission at Hughes Law Offices is to shed light on these worthy FELA claims.

Diesel exhaust is made up of hundreds of different compounds, many of which have been known cancer-causing agents for decades. In 2012, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that diesel fumes cause cancer. This 2012 finding will make it very difficult for railroads to deny that your illness was caused by diesel exhaust.

Hughes Law Offices focuses its practice on serving railroad workers diagnosed with cancer as a result of diesel exhaust, asbestos, solvent, creosote and many other toxic exposures.

We will file a claim under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA). Under the FELA, workers are entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life following a cancer diagnosis.  Railroad workers may also recover economic damages to help cover things like lost wages and medical expenses.

There will be no attorney fee unless Hughes Law Offices recovers money on your behalf.

Hughes Law Offices will cover the expenses associated with proving up your case, including court filings, expert fees, obtaining medical records and deposition costs. Hughes Law Offices will be reimbursed for those amounts only if money is recovered on your behalf. Case consultations are always free and we are happy to talk over the phone, in our office or we can even have a lawyer travel to you.

We do not have a long list of practice areas. The firm was founded on the principal that attorneys who focus their practice on a specific subject matter are more knowledgeable and better prepared. Call 312-877-5588 to learn more today.

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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