Railroad Cancer Lawsuits
Corpus Christi Injury Attorneys for Injured Railroad Workers
If you developed cancer after working for the railroad, you may be eligible
to file a lawsuit. Cancer devastates entire families, and if it occurs
as a result of hazards at the workplace, injured workers and their families
may be entitled to financial compensation for medical care, and more.
Conductors, engineers, track maintenance workers, machinists, switchmen,
and carmen didn’t go to their job each day knowing that they were
putting themselves at risk for cancer. These men and women simply believed
that their employers provided them with a job to do, the right equipment
to do it, and followed federal guidelines related to hazardous and carcinogenic
materials. Yet, railroad cancer lawsuit plaintiffs allege that exposure
to benzene, asbestos, heavy metals, solvents, chemicals, and other dangerous
substances and materials caused them to develop cancer.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with cancer and you believe this
may be linked to their railroad work, call the Corpus Christi injury lawyers
at the Bandas Law Firm at (361) 238-2789.
Benzene & Cancer Diagnoses in Railroad Workers
Benzene is one of the materials listed in the railroad cancer lawsuits
by plaintiffs. Although benzene in its purest form was banned in the United
States 20 years ago, it’s still an ingredient in many solvents and
degreasers that are commonly used by railroad workers. It’s also
a by-product of diesel exhaust. It’s highly toxic and is absorbed
through the skin.
Benzene exposure has been linked to an increased risk of:
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Bone cancer
- Bladder cancer
Benzene is also linked to anemia and can damage the immune system.
Railroad Workers & Asbestos Exposure
Although asbestos was severely regulated starting in the 1970s, it was
used extensively in the manufacturing of railroad and locomotive parts
from the 1930s until that time. The goal was to limit exposure to asbestos
because of its link to asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma.
However, railroad companies continued to use the previously manufactured
parts. In fact, some continue to use the existing parts instead of replacing them.
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) gives railroad workers who were
diagnosed with cancer the power to file a lawsuit against their employers
when cancer may have been caused by exposure to benzene, asbestos, radioactive
substances, or another hazardous or carcinogenic material. When a railway
business doesn’t provide a safe place to work, they are in violation
of FELA. This gives current, previous, and retired employees the right
to file a railroad cancer lawsuit and name the company as a defendant.
Plaintiffs Must Prove Negligence
It is important to work with an attorney who has verifiable experience
in cases where an employee is made sick because of their work environment.
In a railroad cancer lawsuit, you, as the plaintiff, must be able to prove
that your employer was negligent.
Some examples of negligence may include:
- Not providing the proper equipment (such as safety suits to handle certain
- Continuing to use locomotive parts manufactured with asbestos
- Not providing the right equipment to minimize your risk of benzene exposure
Although a lawyer cannot reverse a cancer diagnosis, one can help you pursue
the compensation that you and your family deserve for your workplace illness.
The Bandas Law Firm is here to help. We’re available 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, and we provide free case consultations for potential
railroad cancer lawsuits.
To speak with a lawyer at our Corpus Christi offices about your concerns,
contact us online or at (361) 238-2789.