Virginia and North Carolina railroad injury lawyer Rick Shapiro discusses whether a claim against a railroad for cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, diesel exhaust and other toxic fumes is ruined if you smoked cigarettes. The answer depends on the facts of your case, but Rick has represented railroad workers who smoked and later developed cancer and had success against the big railroads. For example, Rick represented a former CSX railroad worker who spent four decades of his life around asbestos, diesel exhaust fumes, and radiation, including enriched uranium and plutonium. He also smoked for a number of years during his career. After he retired, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and suspected it was caused by his exposure to so many toxic fumes and chemicals. Rick took the case on and won a big jury verdict (later settled on appeal).
Learn more about that railroad cancer case here: http://www.hsinjurylaw.com/case_results/86-million-jury-verdict-for-railroad-worker-wrongful-death-case.cfm