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Asbestos in Railroads: Mesothelioma Cancer

Sometimes the definition of a word or a condition simply cannot explain the horror and tragedy for which those terms represent.  Take the terms below for example.


 1. A malignant tumor of the covering of the lung or the lining of the pleural and abdominal cavities, often associated with exposure to asbestos.


2. A fibrous mineral, either amphibole or chrysotile, formerly used for making incombustible or fireproof articles.

It has been proven in court that CSX and other railroads such as Norfolk Southern, Amtrak and Conrail were aware of the asbestos-containing materials in the company and the health hazards the material presented to employees and that they did not notify their workers, which was ultimately the cause of death for many employees.  In fact the only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.  Despite misinformation by railroad companies, smoking cigarettes will not give you mesothelioma but for many railroad employees who did smoke and were unknowingly exposed to asbestos their chance of contracting this terrible cancer goes up seven times.

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How could a railroad company get away with something like that?  Didn’t any of the engineers, conductors, engine repair workers, track maintenance workers or shop workers notice they were getting sick after working for the railroad?  No, because mesothelioma remains silent in the body for decades, finally appearing via symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and fatigue and by then it’s too late for the victims.

In this day and time with modern science and previous court cases proving the link between asbestos and mesothelioma it would be impossible to think that railroad companies would refuse to take responsibility and compensate their victims, wouldn’t it?  Sadly our railroad injury/FELA law firm has handled numerous mesothelioma cancer cases and found that railroads routinely employ tactics meant to delay and drag out legitimate illness claims.

Our experienced attorneys have represented multiple wrongful death settlements in asbestos/mesothelioma cancer cases.  One case involved the death of a railroad switchman.  The poor man worked for over 25 years for the railroad in freight switching activities and was unaware that he was working with or even handling asbestos.  Our firm was required to file suit and then begin negotiations with the railroad on behalf of the family. Sadly our client passed away from the effect of the horrible terminal mesothelioma. The railroad argued that it had no asbestos in any of the products or things to which railroad conductors or railroad switchmen would have been normally exposed, however, our FELA law firm retained key experts in the field of industrial hygiene who reviewed many internal railroad documents and invoices and concluded that the workers were clearly exposed to asbestos in their work activities.


Richard N. Shapiro
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