Recent studies have found that on-the-job exposure to carcinogens have contributed to railroad employees developing many forms of cancer including kidney, bladder, lung, bone, mesothelioma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you are a current or former railroad worker who was diagnosed with cancer, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Louisiana Man Alleges Cancer from Railroad Work
July 13, 2017 – A man from St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, who formerly worked as a railroad carman/mechanic has filed a lawsuit alleging that exposure to hazardous chemicals caused his kidney cancer. The Illinois Central Railroad Co. is responsible for the injury because it failed to supply and maintain a safe workplace, according to the lawsuit.
What’s the Problem?
Railroad workers are at risk of developing occupational cancers in a number of ways, due to the many known carcinogens present in the workplace environment. Benzene exposure, asbestos, chemical solvent exposure and exposure to welding fumes are common examples of conditions which can lead to the development of cancer in railroad workers. Unfortunately, these diseases often go undiagnosed in their early stages, making them more difficult to treat and likely to cause serious injury and even death.
Which Cancers are Found in Railroad Workers?
Our lawyers are accepting potential lawsuits for current and ex-railroad employees who were diagnosed with the following types of cancer:
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Colon cancer
- Bone cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Rhabdomyosarcoma (rare child cancer found in clusters around CSX Rail yards)
Asbestos Exposure in Railroad Workers
From 1990 to 1999, the railroad industry was the 4th most frequently listed industry on the death certificates of people over the age of 15 who died from asbestosis. Studies have demonstrated that patients with asbestosis have a greater risk of developing malignant mesothelioma cancer. The large number of deaths in railroad workers from asbestosis is not surprising given the fact that the railroad industry has routinely utilized asbestos products for heat shielding and insulation.
Railroad Asbestos Statistics
A survey of railroad workers from the 1980s found:
- 21% (50 out of 242) of the workers 50 years old or greater had likely asbestos exposure.
- 3% (nine out of 275) of workers under the age of 50 has likely asbestos exposure.
- The duration of exposure of the older active workers was short. The median was 3 years, and the range is 6 months-15 years.
Radioactive Materials Transported as Cargo
Beginning in the 1960s, radioactive cargo including enriched uranium and a wide variety of other dangerous materials was being transported across the U.S. by train. The problem is that many railroad companies failed to provide any industrial safety protection for railroad workers involved in handling and transporting these materials. Additionally, since there is no way to detect radioactivity emanating from these substances, workers are completely unaware of just how contaminated the materials are unless the employer is actively screening radioactive materials.
How Can I Find Out if My Cancer was Caused by Occupational Exposure?
It requires an occupational medical or cancer specialist to determine whether a particular cancer or syndrome was caused by on-the-job exposure to contaminated materials, radiation, asbestos or benzene/diesel fumes from railroad worksites. Whether our lawyers can assist with a claim of this kind requires a medical specialist’s opinion.
Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)
In 1908, congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to give railroad workers who are injured on the job a means of legal recourse and protective rights. Under FELA, injured railroad employees can file complaints directly against the company if they can prove negligence in causing the injury.
Railroad companies can be found negligent in cases where they:
- Fail to provide a safe work environment
- Fail to provide proper tools or equipment
- Fail to perform frequent inspections and maintenance
- Fail to adequately train their employees
Our lawyers will calculate potential railroad cancer settlements to include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. In the event that a railroad worker dies as a result of their injuries, a wrongful death claim will take into account the family’s loss of income, and while there is no provision for loss of consortium, you can make a claim on the pain and suffering your loved one experienced before their death.
Railroad Workers Who May be Eligible for Compensation
The number of ways in which on-the-job exposure to radioactive materials, asbestos, benzene and other toxic chemicals make railroad work particularly dangerous for the following types of employees:
- Track maintenance
- Clerk type workers
Pennsylvania Railroad Worker Alleges FELA Violations after Kidney Cancer Diagnosis
May 31, 2017 – A man who was diagnosed with kidney cancer after 40 years of service as a railroad worker has filed a lawsuit against his former employers, claiming they violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). According to the suit, Plaintiff Kenneth L. Kumpf was exposed to various toxic substances “including but not limited to chemicals, solvents, diesel fuel/exhaust, benzene, heavy metals, manganese and rock/mineral dust and fibers,” which led to his development of the disease.
Illinois Railroad Company Found Liable in Mesothelioma Lawsuit
January 13, 2017 – A Mississippi court has found the Illinois Central Railroad Company liable for the death of one of its former employees who died from mesothelioma. The jury determined that the deceased, Bennie Oakes, had incurred $250,000 in damages, but that he was 80% responsible for the development of his mesothelioma – thus the railroad company was only responsible for 20%, or $50,000.
Union Pacific Railroad Sued Over Employee’s Renal Cancer Death
October 17, 2016 – A special administrator of a deceased man’s estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad alleging that the company was negligent and took insufficient measures to prevent the renal cancer death of one of its former employees. According to the suit, Stanley Adams was employed with Union Pacific Railroad Company from 1974 to 2009, during which time he was exposed to toxic substances including asbestos, cigarette smoke and diesel fumes that caused him to develop renal cancer.
Illinois Jury Awards $7.5M to Railroad Worker with Cancer
September 29, 2016 – A jury in Madison County, Illinois, awarded a former Union Pacific railroad employee who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) $7.5 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff James Brown developed AML as the result of exposure to creosote, degreasing solvents and lead at Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW) and Union Pacific.
Do I Have a Railroad Cancer Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in railroad cancer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, If you were diagnosed with cancer after working as a railroad employee, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.