For anyone in any given industry, having to worry about suffering serious harm from something on the job is an unwanted thought. Unfortunately, for railroad workers, this is a common occurrence and there are various circumstances in which someone can sustain injuries.
One of the big problems that can arise is toxic exposure, and this can mean serious injuries for those involved. Recognizing the conditions that can arise because of toxic exposure is important for those in the industry and our firm is here to help.
Conditions Workers May Suffer From
- Leukemia: This is a form of cancer in which there are many forms and the individual suffering can experience fever, easy bleeding, weakness, bone pain, infections, and more. Leukemia may be caused by prolonged exposure to benzene, a toxic inhalant hazard and potential carcinogen.
- Asbestosis: When someone suffers from asbestosis, they can experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, dry cough, loss of appetite, and chest pain. It can be caused by exposure to asbestos that is friable.
- Mesothelioma: The symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, chronic and painful coughing, unexplained weight loss, lumps of tissue beneath the skin on the chest, and difficulty breathing. This is also caused by exposure to asbestos fibers that are broken up and inhaled, but there is a latency period and it may take up to 30 or 40 years to experience symptoms.
- Lung cancer: The leading cause of deaths in those who suffer from any kind of cancer, lung cancer isn’t just caused by smoking. It can also be the result of exposure to silica, asbestos, and certain kinds of chemical solvents.
At Webster Vicknair MacLeod, we recognize the serious impact of chemical exposure in the railroad industry. Workers are often at serious risk of harm and they must be protected by their employer with proper safety equipment. When the employer doesn’t protect the employee, this can be considered negligence.
Our railroad worker injury attorneys are on your side every step of the way to help you pursue compensation when you suffer a serious health condition due to exposure to toxic substances. Let us help you in your time of need.