Railroad workers are often exposed to dangerous carcinogens. Railroad workplace exposure has contributed to rail workers developing cancer in many forms. Railroad cancer lawsuits are being filed for railroad workers who have been diagnosed with cancer. Cases have been filed for those who developed cancer while working for a railroad or after working for a railroad. Railroad workers are at increased risk of several types of cancer.
Types of Railroad Worker Cancer
• kidney cancer
• bladder cancer
• lung cancer
• bone cancer
• multiple myeloma
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If you worked for a railroad or work for one now and have been diagnosed with cancer, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit. Contact a railroad injury lawyer today.
Railroad Worker Exposure
Railroad workers can develop occupational cancer in many ways. A typical rail worker is often exposed to several known carcinogens. Workers are often exposed to benzene, asbestos, chemical solvents, and toxic welding fumes. Any of these substances can trigger the development of cancer. One big problem is that the associated diseases often go undiagnosed in their early stages. That makes them more difficult to treat and more likely to cause serious injury, even death.
Railroad Worker Asbestos Exposure
From 1990 – 1999, the railroad industry was the fourth most frequently listed industry on the death certificates of people 15 or older who died from asbestosis. Studies have shown asbestosis victims have a greater risk of developing malignant mesothelioma cancer. The many deaths in railroad workers from asbestosis is likely due to the fact that the railroad industry has long used asbestos products for heat shielding and insulation.
Railroad Asbestos Statistics
A survey of railroad workers from the 1980s found:
• 21% (50 of 242) of those 50 and older had likely asbestos exposure.
• 3% (nine of 275) under 50 had likely asbestos exposure.
The exposure of the older active workers was short in duration. The median was three years, the range six months to five years.
Radioactive Materials in Cargo
Since the 1960s, radioactive cargo has moved across U.S. rails, including enriched uranium and many other dangerous materials. Many railroad companies failed to provide industrial safety protection for railroad workers handling and moving these materials. In addition, there is no way to detect radioactivity emanating from these substances. Workers are often completely unaware of just how contaminated the materials are, as many railroad employers don’t bother to screen for radioactive materials.
Cancer Caused by Occupational Exposure
An occupational medical or cancer specialist can 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 work sites. A medical specialist’s opinion is needed to see if a lawyer can assist with a claim of this type.
FELA – Federal Employers’ Liability Act
In 1908, the U.S. Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) to give railroad workers injured on the job a means of legal recourse. Injured railroad employees can file complaints under FELA directly against the company, if they can prove negligence caused the injury.
Railroad Company Negligence
A Railroad can be found negligent in cases where it failed to:
• provide a safe work environment
• provide proper tools or equipment
• perform frequent inspections and maintenance
• adequately train their employees
Our FELA lawyers calculate potential railroad cancer settlements that include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. If a railroad worker dies as a result of injuries, a wrongful death claim will take into account the family’s loss of income. If there is no provision for loss of consortium, survivors may make a claim on the pain and suffering the loved one experienced before dying.
Railroad Workers Eligible for Compensation
Exposure to radioactive materials, asbestos, benzene and other toxic chemicals make railroad work particularly dangerous for several types of employees:
• Track maintenance
• Clerk type workers
Railroad Cancer Lawsuit
If you were were diagnosed with cancer or otherwise injured during or after working for a railroad, or someone you love was injured or killed while working for a railroad, contact us for a free legal consultation. Strict time limits apply for filing these types of lawsuits; so we urge you to act immediately if you feel you may have a case. We are pleased to evaluate – without any charge or obligation – any potential railroad cancer lawsuit or any other railroad injury case.