Posted On: March 16, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

Illinois Railroad Worker Lawsuit Sues CSX Transportation for Asbestos Exposure

A number of railroad workers are suing CSX Transportation for exposing them to asbestos. The plaintiffs are Richard D. Cocke, Glenn A. Williams, Ronald Kidd, Vincente E. Leal, Jesus Zavala, Melvin Denhart, and Pascual Santiago. They worked for CSX between 1959 and 2008.

According to their Illinois railroad injury lawsuit, they were exposed to products that contained asbestos while on the job. They claim that this exposure caused them to develop asbestosis, pneumoconiosis, and other health conditions, while increasing their risk of developing lung cancer, progressive lung disease, mesothelioma, bronchogenic carcinomas, and bronchogenic carcinomas.

The plaintiffs say that CSX neglected to provide them with a safe workplace and tools, did not instruct and warn them on how to work safely around and with products that contained asbestos, failed to run the railroad in a safe manner, neglected to remove asbestos dust, did not provide safe ventilation systems, and failed to test products before making the workers use them.

Each of the plaintiffs is asking for at least $100,000 plus other relief.

Asbestos Exposure on the Job
Unfortunately, exposure to hazardous substances is one of the dangers that railroad workers can face. Asbestos exposure can prove deadly, yet many workers don’t realize that they have exposed to these fibers that, when inhaled, can get caught in the lungs and cause serious illnesses.

Just working around asbestos can be dangerous. If these fibers get onto one’s work clothes, family members and others are placed at risk.

It can be frustrating to know that your health and quality of life has been severely compromised because you were a loyal worker who was just doing your job.

CSX workers claim asbestos exposure caused cancer, The Record, March 16, 2010

Related Web Resources:

Why Do You Need to be Concerned About Asbestos?, US Environmental Protection Agency

Abestos, US Department of Health and Human Services

It is important that you speak with an experienced Chicago, Illinois railroad accident attorney about your case. You may have grounds for filing a FELA lawsuit over your work injuries.

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