U.S. railroad workers built a system for safe, economical transport of people and goods from coast to coast. Unfortunately, their working conditions were not completely safe. Brakemen, switchmen, boilermen, machinists, and other railroad workers were at risk of regular asbestos exposure.
According to a national study, railroad workers are among the groups of American workers with the highest risk of developing mesothelioma, a deadly cancer. The link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma was first documented by medical researchers in 1960. More than 50 years later, scientists and researchers are still searching for a cure.
Railroad Use of Asbestos-Containing Products
Despite its known health risks, asbestos was widely used by product manufacturers for its heat-proofing and strengthening qualities.
Here’s just a sampling of areas of trains — or so-called “boilers on wheels” — where asbestos-containing products were used:
- Engine housings
While working on locomotives or in railroad repair and maintenance facilities, many railroad employees may have inhaled dangerous asbestos fibers “all in a day’s work.”
Railroad Workers — Know Your Rights
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for compensation. An estimated $30 Billion in trust money has been set aside to pay out claims to asbestos victims. While money cannot undo your suffering, it can help cover medical bills, lost wages, and other critical expenses.
Watch our new video to learn more about railroad workers’ right to seek justice.
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Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to Act
Even if your loved one has passed away, it may not be too late to seek justice on their behalf. However, state laws limit the time you have to file a claim, so it’s important to get started as soon as possible. Call Sokolove Law today for a free, no-obligation, legal consultation.