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Use FELA To Obtain Compensation

Solvents were long used by railroad operators to clean locomotive engines and rail cars. The Courier-Journal newspaper of Louisville, Kentucky published a story titled “The Toxic Workplace, Railroaders, solvents and sickness”. It chronicled the plight of hundreds, possibly thousands of railroad workers who, over a 15-year history, succumbed to varying degrees of brain damage as a direct result of exposure to the solvents used by the railroad company. Railroad employees and ex-employees continue to be diagnosed with brain damage attributed to this hazardous material. Diagnosis has been and continues to be difficult in such brain damage cases. Furthermore, an illness named Chronic Toxic Encephalopathy is one of the conditions that is being attributed to exposure to solvents in the railroad workplace. This debilitating condition presents itself with short-term memory loss, depression, anxiety and diminished mental functioning.

Other illnesses and diseases that have a direct connection to toxic exposure in the railroad workplace are:

  • Lung Cancer- Exposure to Asbestos, Silica dust, and chemical solvents have been linked to lung cancer in railroad workers
  • Asbestosis- Railroad workers have historically been at high risk for developing Asbestosis due to chronic exposure to Asbestos while on the job
  • Mesothelioma- Asbestos can also be linked to the cancer known as mesothelioma in railroad workers. This cancer has been very difficult to diagnose since it can take up to 40 years to appear
  • Leukemia- Exposure to Benzene has been described as a Toxic Inhalant Hazard (TIH) by the Federal government and ongoing studies reinforce its classification as a carcinogen. In addition to its connection with multiple types of Leukemia, Benzene has also been linked to:
  • Diminished immune system capability
  • Cancers of the bones and bone marrow
  • Anemia

Lawyer for Railroad Injuries and Illnesses

If you suspect that a current condition or illness is the result of on-the-job exposure to chemical solvents or other hazardous materials, contact Arnold & Itkin LLP. Our goal is to build a strong and persuasive case as quickly as possible.That being said, an injury attorney from our firm will immediately go to work investigating the specifics of your case. HAZMAT safety standards and FELA can often be applied to the supportive evidence used in cases of personal injury and illness to railroad workers, and we know just how to legally pursue these types of issues.

If you would like legal support for the injury or illness you have suffered while on the job, contact Arnold & Itkin LLP today.

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