Chemical Solvent Exposure

Chemical Solvent Exposure

Railroad Workers Exposed to Chemical Solvents

The chemicals used as degreasers for cleaning locomotives and other types of solvents can be extremely toxic to workers who are required to use them. They can lead to serious long term occupational diseases which require expensive medical treatment and may even result in permanent disabilities or death. If you believe that your exposure to chemical solvents while working for a railroad company has caused you to suffer illness or other health complications, it is advisable to discuss the situation with an experienced FELA attorney who can evaluate your chances of a successful claim for damages. If it can be proven that your employer's negligence was at fault for your exposure, you may be able to recover a settlement under the Federal Employers' Liability Act.

Many railroad workers are required to handle toxic chemicals daily, and may suffer from benzene exposure or from contact with other types of solvents. There are many cases where the worker came into repeated contact with solvents over a long period of time but did not begin to manifest symptoms until years later. Toxic spills in the railyard, chemical spills occurring out on the tracks and the use of degreasers are common examples of ways that railroaders receive exposure that is hazardous to their health. Toxic encephalopathy is one of the most prevalent conditions suffered by railroad workers who have been exposed to chemical solvents. It causes permanent brain damage and symptoms such as personality changes, memory loss, depression, difficulty concentrating and seizures.

Seeking Legal Assistance for Your Condition

You should not hesitate to speak with an attorney about your condition if you believe that it was caused by negligence on the part of your employer. There is a statute of limitations on FELA lawsuits and if you delay you may lose your opportunity to claim monetary damages. You deserve compensation for your railroad injuries, including medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering. The FELA also provides for the right of surviving family members to file wrongful death lawsuits when chemical vapor exposure has resulted in the death of a loved one.