Occupational Diseases

Railroad Occupational Diseases

Help from a Railroad Injury Lawyer

When a railroad worker develops an illness that can be directly attributed to his job duties or conditions in the workplace environment, he is considered to have an occupational disease. If the employer failed to take actions to secure the working environment from hazards, the railroader may be entitled to a settlement under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), a federal law which was passed in 1908 to give rights to injured railroad workers. Lawmakers recognized the hazards of working in the railroad industry and enacted the FELA with provisions to allow the worker to hold the railroad company accountable for monetary damages, and despite several challenges over the past century, the law has remained in force.

The Law Offices of Martin E. Jackson defends the rights of railroad workers and their families whose lives have been changed for the worse by occupational diseases. Marty Jackson's first day in practice was spent representing a railroader in Virginia who was dying from asbestos exposure, and he has continued to work as a railroad injury lawyer since then. He has recovered more than $80 million in verdicts and settlements for all types of conditions, from toxic encephalopathy and mesothelioma to lung disease and bladder cancer.

Occupational Disease Claims for Railroad Workers

It is important to take action as early as possible when seeking a FELA claim, as you will lose the right to a lawsuit as soon as the statute of limitations expires. Pinpointing the date when the condition began can be difficult with illnesses such as mesothelioma, lymphomas/Hodgkin's disease, lung cancer and melanoma, but The Law Offices of Martin E. Jackson will consult with you to find the necessary information. Times when you received chemical solvent exposure, benzene exposure or exposure to welding fumes are likely to be at the root of an occupational disease. If the railroad company did not use training, warnings or safety equipment to protect the safety of employees, you may have a claim for negligence. Whether you now suffer from hearing loss or some form of occupational cancer, your claim should include compensation for medical bills, replacement for your lost wages and consideration for your pain and suffering.