As mentioned throughout our website, we are proud to recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month here at the law firm in honor of our many current and former clients who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. November 1 marks the beginning of a month dedicated to bringing awareness to a disease that claims the lives of over 100,000 Americans each year.
We are engaged in a campaign to bring awareness not only to lung cancer, but also to bring awareness to the risk factors that are important to our clients. One of those risks is diesel fume (or diesel exhaust) exposure. Railroad workers in the yard are often exposed to diesel exhaust or diesel fumes from idling locomotives and the fumes from engines involved in switching operations. Rail workers on the road are often exposed to exhaust fumes while riding on poorly ventilated locomotives, or when diesel exhaust fumes enter the cab through some defect in the locomotive.
Another risk for railroad worker lung cancer is asbestos exposure. Exposure to asbestos on pipes, in locomotive cabs, in yard offices, in bunk houses and throughout the facilities is a risk factor for cancer.
While many people believe that smoking is the only cause of lung cancer, there are many other risk factors for lung cancer. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with lung cancer and have had exposure to asbestos or diesel fumes at the railroad, please call us at 1-800-374-2144 or contact us through email. We can review the specific facts of your claim to see if you could have a court case for lung cancer against the railroad.