Most blood cancers, which are also called hematologic cancers, start in the bone marrow, which is where blood is generated. Blood cancers occur when abnormal blood cells start producing uncontrollably, disrupting the function of normal blood cells which fight off infection and produce new blood cells. The three main types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. These cancers, along with some other less common forms of blood disorders, account for about 10 percent of all diagnosed cancers in the U.S. each year and have been associated with certain occupational exposures commonly found on the railroad. Please reach out to a railroad blood cancer lawyer if you believe exposure has led to this diagnosis.
What Railroad Exposures Can Cause Blood Cancer?
Doran & Murphy represents railroad workers who have developed various types of blood cancer from exposures at work. Many railroad workers have worked around benzene – a chemical that is known to cause blood disorders including Leukemia. Benzene is present in some solvents used at the railroad as well as in the diesel fuel used to power the locomotives. Although the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) limits human exposure to benzene in the workplace, constant exposure even at low levels can be dangerous.
In addition, various weedkillers such as Roundup, are used at the railroad for yard and track maintenance and have also been linked with Lymphoma. Some railroad workers also work with various solvents that may contain petroleum and petroleum derivatives which have been associated with the development of blood cancers.
What Types of Blood Cancers Do Railroad Exposures Cause?
Railroad exposures have been linked with Leukemia (such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and other types of Leukemia), Lymphomas (such as Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, and other blood disorders. The medical science linking railroad exposures to various cancers is constantly evolving and new information becomes available regularly.
The railroad blood cancer attorneys at Doran & Murphy pride themselves on staying current with the most up-to-date medical literature in this field.
What Can I Do if I Worked for the Railroad and Have Been Diagnosed with a Blood Cancer?
The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad workers to recover for blood cancer if the railroad negligently exposed that worker to a toxic substance, and that substance caused or contributed to the development of the worker’s cancer. Some examples of potentially negligent behavior in this situation may include:
- Improper training in handling chemicals
- Failure to warn of the hazards of exposure
- Failure to provide necessary safety equipment
Proving negligence on the part of the railroad in these situations can be complicated and a railroad blood cancer lawyer may be useful in gathering the evidence necessary to prove a claim.
Let a Railroad Blood Cancer Attorney Help Today
FELA claims require a causal relationship between a worker’s injury or disease and their work on the railroad. In many cases, blood cancers do not manifest until after the worker has retired or otherwise left the railroad. A railroad blood cancer lawyer may be able to assist you in recovering compensation. Over the years, we have had success obtaining recoveries for many railroad workers who have been diagnosed with blood cancers such as Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, and other blood disorders. In the event of a railroad worker’s death due to blood cancer, their spouse or children may also maintain a claim.
Damages in case of severe injuries or illnesses can be extensive, including medical bills, costs of future medical care, lost income and earning capacity, and more. Blood cancers may be permanently debilitating and even fatal. Railroad workers who have developed injuries or illnesses due to chemical exposure should not hesitate to contact legal counsel for advice and guidance. Schedule a consultation today.