Railroad workers are at risk of sustaining or acquiring a number of occupational injuries or diseases. Of these, lung cancer, bladder cancer, and kidney cancer are a few of the most common. If you are a former railroad worker and you have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, bladder cancer, or kidney cancer, you may have a FELA lawsuit against your employer. Do not hesitate to take action – the time is ticking on the statute of limitations for your claim. Contact the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC today for your free consultation.
As stated above, lung cancer is one of the most common – and the most serious – diseases that railroad workers across the country develop. This is due to railroad workers’ exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances, including:
- Welding fumes;
- Chemical solvents;
- Sillicoisis exposure;
- Asbestos, which has been linked to mesothelioma and asbestosis, two diseases of the lungs; and
In addition to the above, many railroad workers may have been exposed to secondhand smoke during their working years during a time when the health risks of smoking were not fully understood.
Sadly, lung cancer is almost completely preventable, and would not occur if employers took greater precautions to protect workers from exposure to the above substances. Lung cancer is one of the most serious of diseases, and in addition to pain, suffering, and massive medical bills associated with treatment of the condition, can also lead to death.