Diesel Fume & Exhaust Exposure Lawyer
Have you suffered health damage as a worker exposed to diesel fumes and exhaust? Railroad workers as well as those in other occupations who are consistently exposed to such toxic substances are often harmed by developing serious medical conditions, such as lung cancer and other cancers. These debilitating and devastating health effects can result in costly medical expenses, loss of wages and earning capacity, pain, suffering, emotional trauma for the injured and his or her family and premature death.
If you or someone you love has been harmed from exposure to diesel fumes or exhaust on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. At Doran & Murphy, PLLC, we have been representing railroad workers and other injury victims for two decades. We can help you pursue justice through the courts. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses and damages you have sustained due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. We offer a free consultation in which you can discuss your injuries with a railroad injury attorney to find out how we can help you.
Health Effects of Diesel Fume Exposure
In May 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its health assessment for diesel exhaust which found diesel particulate matter to be a “likely” carcinogen. Diesel particle exposure poses a unique threat due to its compound nature, consisting of a carbon core which acts as a magnet for numerous other toxins. The result is a hazardous mixture of fine particles, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and many other toxic metals and gases.
Fine particles in these fumes have been linked to a wide variety of serious health impacts, ranging from respiratory ailments such as asthma attacks to heart attacks, stroke, and premature death. A recent report of the Clean Air Task Force states that approximately 21,000 people die prematurely each year due to particulate matter pollution from diesel exposure. Approximately 3,000 of these premature deaths are due to lung cancer from these exposures, as diesel exhaust presents a lung cancer risk 7.5 times higher than the cancer risks of all other air toxins combined.
Diesel locomotives account for a significant portion of diesel emissions. The Clean Air Task Force report further states that occupational exposures to diesel fumes are among the highest environmental exposures, primarily associated with increased incidence of lung cancer. However, a study of railroad workers suggests that diesel exposure may also have caused serious and permanent impairment to the central nervous system.
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In addition to these health risks, exposure to diesel exhaust fumes may also impact an individual’s immune system, disrupting the chemical signals and production of antibodies resulting in a decreased ability to recover from illness.