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Railroad Workers and Hazardous Materials
Mobile, Alabama FELA Attorneys
For railroad workers, the occupational risk of exposure to hazardous materials is high.
In addition to the widespread shipping of toxic chemicals, railroad workers may come in contact with a variety of hazardous materials in their day-to-day railyard duties. If you’re a railroad worker who has suffered harm due to on-the-job exposure to toxic materials, the Mobile, Alabama, railroad injury attorneys at Long & Waite, P.C., may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your injuries under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA).
Common Hazardous Materials
Nearly 2 million carloads of hazardous materials are transported by railroad annually, according to the Association of American Railroads. While this accounts for only about 5 ½ percent of all rail traffic, hazardous materials comprise a vast majority of rail insurance costs and liability risks.
In addition to shipment by rail, a number of toxic chemicals are used in train and railroad operation and maintenance.
Toxic materials encountered by railroad workers include:
- Anhydrous ammonia
- Chemical solvents such as dichloromethane, trichloroethane and xylene
- Diesel fuel
- Vinyl chloride
Exposure to hazardous materials can lead to a wide range of severe—and even deadly—medical conditions.
Conditions Related to Toxic Exposure
Some of the illnesses caused by exposure to toxic materials are short-term and treatable; others can lead to permanent medical problems or wrongful death.
Diseases and medical conditions with a connection to the types of hazardous materials encountered by railroad workers include:
- Brain damage
- Chronic toxic encephalopathy
- Kidney damage
- Lung cancer
- Liver damage
- Skin cancer
The Alabama FELA lawyers at Long & Waite, P.C., have many years of experience helping Alabama victims of job-related hazardous material exposure recover the financial compensation they need and deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and disability.
If you’re a railroad worker who’s become ill and you believe your condition was caused by on-the-job exposure to a toxic material, please contact the Mobile, Alabama, railroad injury attorneys at Long & Waite, P.C., to schedule your free case consultation.