Many railroad workers, after having dedicated years of their lives and long, laborious hours of work, find themselves permanently battling a handful of illnesses. Trains are still widely used to transport resources and passengers all across the country. Railroad workers must still perform routine maintenance and testing as well as operate the trains. The day to day tasks of a railroad worker means constant exposure to hazardous chemicals, toxins, metals and asbestos dust.
Railroad workers suffer a great deal of harm as a result of this frequent exposure to deadly chemicals along with the dangerous nature of their occupation. The majority of noxious substances and toxins lead to severely debilitating illnesses and sometimes even wrongful death.
Common Railroad Worker Illnesses
Chronic exposure to hazardous chemical substances often leads to numerous ailments in railroad workers. Some of the most common railroad worker illnesses are mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Malignant mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that is found in the thin lining of vital organs. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for 70% of the cases, and it is found in the lining of the lungs. The only known cause of this common railroad worker illness is exposure to asbestos dust.
Asbestosis is a pulmonary disease that results in lung scarring and breathing difficulty. Asbestosis is a lung disease that is caused exclusively by exposure to asbestos dust. Railroad workers who suffer from asbestosis often are not aware of their illness because symptoms can take between 30 to 50 years to present themselves.
Chicago Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Lawyers
For years, asbestos manufacturers attempted to hide the dangers of working with asbestos. In 1989, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all new uses of asbestos. Despite the known dangers of asbestos, uses prior to this year are still allowed.
The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) states that railroad workers can receive compensation and allows for railroad workers to recover damages for injuries while on the job. This includes illnesses that may have developed over the years.
We offer a free consultation to evaluate your railroad worker illness claim. It will cost you nothing to consult with a lawyer to see if you have a case. It is essential that action be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident and/or the conduct in question and to file a lawsuit, when necessary prior to a deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.
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