AT RISK FOR CANCER
Railroad workers exposed to asbestos may have experienced the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma
In 2015 a jury awarded $3.1 million the family of a railroad worker who died of lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the 1950s.
Railroad Workers at Risk for Cancer
Every day railroad employees go to work to support their families and discharge their duties. However, over the course of years and sometimes decades these individuals have been exposed to a silent killer slowly causing changes in their body resulting in cancer. These are your family members, friends and colleagues who have cancer, but have no idea how it happened and would never consider that it was caused due to on the job exposure. The purpose of this article is to identify the root cause of railroad worker cancers and the steps that can be taken to be compensated for injuries.
Although Benzene was banned in the United State over twenty years ago, products containing this dangerous chemical pose an extreme risk to those working near these products. One of the deadliest forms of Benzene is produced through the fumes of diesel fuel, which is inhaled in dangerous amounts by railroad workers across the nation. Benzene has also been widely used as a solvent, especially for the purposes of degreasing locomotives. Benzene has high toxicity whether it is absorbed through the skin or inhaled. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, The Environmental Protection Agency and The Department of Health and Human Services has determined that Benzene is a known carcinogen.
It is important to note that it was once believed that this type of exposure only caused lung cancer, similar to asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma. However, recent studies have revealed that exposure to these fumes and chemicals may also cause the following cancers: bladder, colon, kidney, esophageal, lung, multiple myeloma, naso-pharyngeal, bone, bone marrow, leukemia and many other forms. Evidence also suggests that railroad workers exposed to Creosote may be at risk for cancer of the skin and scrotum. Finally, exposure to chemical solvents inhaled over many years may lead to chronic toxic encephalopathy and many other diseases of the brain.
Therefore, if you were a railroad worker for many years it is likely that a cancer diagnosis was due to on the job exposure and you should have your medical records and work history examined by a skilled attorney with a strong investigative medical team. These experts in the field of medicine will be able to identify a connection between the cancer diagnosis and your exposure.
Railroad workers that have fallen ill have the right to seek compensation since these cancers were caused by prolonged exposure to diesel exhaust or other chemical solvents and employers failed to provide a safe place to work in violation of the Federal Employers Liability Act (” FELA”). Workers should not presume that their cancer was caused by unknown means or due to family history – exposure is the likely culprit.
It is important to note that filing a claim under FELA does not cost anything out of pocket so there is no risk in attempting to seek compensation. After years of dedication to the railroad, workers need to become informed about the truth of exposure and bring those accountable to justice.
If you or a loved one worked on the railroad for over 5 years and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to serious financial compensation.