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Illinois Jury Awards $7.5 Million to Railroad Worker who Developed Cancer

A jury in Madison County, Illinois, awarded a former Union Pacific railroad employee who developed cancer after decades of work $7.5 million in damages.

A jury in Madison County, Illinois, awarded a former Union Pacific railroad employee who developed cancer after decades of work $7.5 million in damages.

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What’s the Problem?

September 29, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, Plaintiff James Brown developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) as a direct result of prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals at Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW), where he was employed for 18 years until the company was purchased by Union Pacific in 1995, where he worked for another 13 years. Brown alleges exposures to creosote, degreasing solvents and lead.

Plaintiff alleges that he initially developed myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) before it progressed into AML, which he was diagnosed with in August 2008. As a result of his condition, Brown claims to suffer from bad eyes, legs and feet, weight gain from his prescription medications, impotence, graft versus host disease and memory loss, among other serious health conditions.

During his years as a railroad employee, Brown was responsible for picking up ties and dropping them off, as well as installing “soaking wet” ties. According to the lawsuit, Brown was required to wash the equipment and railroad ties, which left him covered in creosote. He claims his wet clothes allowed the chemicals to soak into his skin.

Brown was eventually provided a hard hat and gloves, but had no other protective gear despite regulations which required the railroad company to provide such equipment beginning in 1986, according to the lawsuit.

Plaintiff further alleges that no one used protective equipment until Union Pacific took over as successor to CNW in 1995, which makes Union Pacific liable for the damages. The complaint states that defendant knew or should have known about the toxicity of the substances Brown was handling for years, and knew how to handle these substances safely but failed to take action.

The complaint was filed against Union Pacific Railroad on December 3, 2010, in Madison County Circuit Court under case number 10-L-1213.

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