With an estimated workforce of just over seven thousand employees, the Long Island Railroad is a popular commuter and freight rail system in the northeastern United States. However, the workers on this track may be subjected to toxic chemicals, which can lead to a cancer diagnosis. This illness can have devastating impacts on workers and their families, including financial issues. As such, you’re entitled to compensation, which a Long Island Railroad cancer lawyer at Doran & Murphy can help fight for.
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When your employer fails to mitigate your exposure to harmful substances, and you are diagnosed with cancer as a result, ensuring you have a competent attorney on your side to fight for your rights is vital. At Doran & Murphy, we are dedicated to holding negligent employers responsible and helping workers across the country receive the compensation they are entitled to.
Causes of Cancer on Railroads
Unfortunately, there are a number of toxins and harmful substances railroad workers can be exposed to while on the job. The railroads are a major hub for the transportation of hazardous chemicals. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Workers can come into contact with these materials by breathing in the exhaust fumes that saturate the air, or handling products that contain these carcinogens. These substances can lead to a number of chronic illnesses, including lung, bladder, kidney, and stomach cancer, as well as numerous types of leukemia.
How Exposures at the Long Island Railroad May Harm Employees
Unfortunately, to maximize profits, employers may not take the necessary precautions to protect their employees. It is your employer’s responsibility to provide a safe working environment for all employees, including conductors, switchmen, and machinists.
If your employer did not train workers properly, did not provide the necessary personal protection equipment (PPE), did not perform routine inspections, and failed to enforce their safety standards, they can be held liable for your illness.
It’s important to note that under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) of 1908, you do not have to prove that your employer was the sole entity responsible for your cancer. If you can prove they were negligent in any capacity, they can be held responsible. As such, you can receive compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation efforts, lost wages, and a diminished quality of life.
Contact a Railroad Cancer Lawyer Today
As a worker on the nation’s railroads, you play an integral role in serving the economy and the safety of others by safely transporting people and freight, or keeping the tracks and trains maintained and up to date. You deserve to hold your employer responsible for the negligence they’ve caused you.
At Doran & Murphy, we understand how devastating the impacts of cancer can be on victims and their families. As such, we will do everything possible to understand how to assist you through this difficult time. Contact us today to learn more about how our firm can help get the compensation you deserve for the injuries caused by your employer.