Posted On: September 10, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Railroad Work Injury Lawsuit Against Union Pacific Cites Exposure to Toxins as Cause of Pancreatic Cancer

A former conductor and brakeman for Union Pacific is suing the railroad company for the pancreatic cancer he says he sustained while on the job. Brad Thompson worked for Union Pacific from 1984 – 2009.

In his Illinois railroad worker lawsuit, Thompson says that he was exposed to toxic materials, including asbestos, diesel exhaust, and second-hand smoke from cigarettes. He says it was exposure to these toxic substances that caused him to develop pancreatic cancer.

Thompson says that his cancer has resulted in income loss, pain and disability, extreme nervousness, and mental trauma. He is seeking over $100,000 plus costs.

Thompson’s Illinois railroad work accident complaint accuses the defendant of failing to provide him with safe equipment and a safe workplaces and blames the railroad company for exposing him to numerous toxic substances and, at the same time, not warning him about the toxins’ dangers while routinely exposing him to unsafe work practices.

Due to the nature of their work, some railroad workers have been exposed to certain hazardous substances, such as asbestos, diesel exhaust, benzene, radioactive substances, while on the job that can later result in serious health issues, including injury, illness, disease, and even death.

Obtaining compensation from an employer for your railroad worker injury is a different process than filing for workers’ compensation recovery for injuries sustained because of work accidents in other professions. The best way of ensuring that you receive the maximum recovery you are owed for your FELA claim is to speak with an experienced Chicago railroad work injury law firm today.

In some cases, it may take years for a railroad worker-related injury or disease to fully manifest. At this point, full recovery may no longer be possible and damage to the worker may be severe and/or permanent.


Former Union Pacific worker claims pancreatic cancer in lawsuit, The Record, September 8, 2009


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