Being told by a doctor that you have mesothelioma is something many railroad workers dread, and for good reason. Mesothelioma is a type of asbestos cancer and there is no known cure. It’s considered an asbestos cancer since people who have been directly, or secondarily, exposed to asbestos at work, at home, or elsewhere have been diagnosed with the deadly cancer.
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked for a railroad corporation like Norfolk Southern, CSX, Burlington Northern and so forth, your next step should be to contact an asbestos cancer lawyer. Specifically, you should contact a railroad asbestos cancer attorney who has experience actually litigating these types of cases.
Why should you contact an attorney so soon? Because evidence has surfaced that many major railroads were aware of the health hazards associated with asbestos decades ago and did nothing to improve the conditions for their workers. In fact, the railroads discovered – way back in the 1930s – that asbestos could cause permanent, disabling lung diseases.
The use of asbestos in wallboard and patching compounds has been banned in the United States since the 1970s. Many manufacturers recognized the harmful effects of asbestos and discontinued using it in their products. Many schools got rid of asbestos, in addition to many national companies and organizations.
It wasn’t until the 1990s that many railroads decided to remove asbestos from diesel freight locomotive engines and other railroad parts.
This disregard for rail employee safety is why there have been so many mesothelioma lawsuits filed over the past few years. Asbestos cancer does not immediately appear after breathing in asbestos fibers so some workers who breathed in asbestos years ago are just now discovering the horrific ramifications.
Our railroad asbestos cancer lawyers are committed to helping rail workers who are now struggling with mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos at work. We’ve handled numerous asbestos cancer lawsuits and have had success in both settling the claims and advocating in front of juries.
For more information about asbestos cancer and how a lawyer can assist you, take a look at these articles:
- Learn how mesothelioma can affect virtually any railroad worker
- Information about the link between asbestos and mesothelioma
- Watch this video where railroad worker injury attorney Richard Shapiro discusses crazy arguments used by railroad defense lawyers
- Check out this testimonial provided by our client’s son discussing his father’s asbestos mesothelioma case