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.