Railroad workers are exposed to many different dangerous and toxic substances, which can result in serious occupational diseases such as cancer. If you work in the railroad industry and developed cancer or another type of chronic illness, you may be able to file a railroad cancer lawsuit under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).

Shaw Cowart LLP is a powerful firm with the resources and experience necessary to help you get the compensation you deserve. Railroad work, although safer now than in previous decades, can still be dangerous to your health. Call Shaw Cowart today at 512-499-8900 for your complimentary consultation to see if you have a strong case.

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Railroad Carcinogen Exposure

Many types of railroad workers are exposed to significant amounts of carcinogenic substances, including:

  • Asbestos
  • Diesel exhaust
  • Benzene
  • Silica sand
  • Creosote

If you worked for five or more years in an environment with significant exposure to any of these carcinogens, you may have a case. There are proven links between these substances and the development of various types of cancers and chronic illnesses. Railroad workers develop cancer at rates higher than other industries, and the reason can be traced directly to high amounts of exposure to toxic substances.

It’s important to know that your case may be weakened if you are a smoker. It’s much harder to prove correlation between your environment and your disease if you smoke regularly, as smoking also causes cancer.

Types of Cancer and Illnesses Caused by Railroad Work

There are many different types of cancer and other diseases that can be caused by railroad industry work, including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Mesothelioma
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)

If you developed any of these diseases after working for a significant amount of time in the railroad industry, contact the railroad cancer lawyers at Shaw Cowart to see if you may be entitled to compensation.

Under FELA, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim, so we recommend calling as soon as possible after you are diagnosed. Lung cancer is the disease most prominently linked with railroad work, but many other types of cancers and diseases can also be shown to have a link.

Damages You Can Receive from a Railroad Cancer Case

Under FELA, you may be entitled to damages including:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Ongoing medical treatments and medications
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life

We will work with you and our team of railroad and medical experts to help establish the strongest case possible so that you can receive the maximum amount of compensation possible. We know that railroad work is a dangerous profession, and we respect your commitment to your craft. We want you to be able to fight your disease without having to worry about hospital bills or providing for your family while you are ill.

Schedule Your Railroad Cancer Consultation Today

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or another chronic illness after working in the railroad industry, please don’t hesitate to call Shaw Cowart today at 512-499-8900 for your complimentary consultation. We serve clients in Austin and Central Texas, as well as nationwide.


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