New York Railroad Worker Attorney
Representing Railroad Workers Suffering from Injury & Mesothelioma
The mesothelioma attorney and team at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. recognize the pivotal, historical role railroad workers have played in the expansion of American infrastructure and economy. We understand that their labor-intensive occupation carries with it distinct health risks, including the possibility of asbestos exposure. We also recognize that with assistance from the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), railroad employees have a distinct opportunity when it comes to securing damages for pain and suffering caused by mesothelioma.
If you or a family member worked for a railroad company and believe your work contributed to the development of mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness, please contact us at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. We would be happy to meet with you, free of charge, to discuss the details of your case.
FELA for Railroad Workers
The United States government passed FELA in 1908 after being persuaded that the ailments and injuries sustained by American railroad workers compose a unique block of workers’ compensation cases.
With FELA, damages can be awarded to the victim to cover pain and suffering, as well as the related expenses of family members impacted by railroad-related illness, injury, or death.
In recent history, railroad workers have successfully proven that on-the-job exposure to toxic solvents spurred detrimental health results, including brain damage. Asbestos is one such toxin. The courts have compelled railroad companies to pay millions of dollars in damages as a result of these successful railroad workers’ compensation cases.
Industrial Workers and Mesothelioma
Despite the fact that the number of railroad workers has declined in the last 60 years, recent studies indicate that more than 200,000 Americans continue to be employed by railroad companies. When it comes to mesothelioma (the cancer caused by asbestos exposure), retired railroad workers are still at risk of developing the disease, as it may not present symptoms until many years after initial asbestos exposure. The incubation period between initial asbestos exposure and clinical mesothelioma diagnosis tends to be 20 to 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Mesothelioma is fatal.
FELA specifically allows railroad workers to recover a substantial sum in damages from the railroad companies responsible for injuries and illnesses sustained as a result of railroad work. This segment of the American workforce was victimized by asbestos exposure because railroad materials are part of the lengthy list of products that have historically contained asbestos.
If you or a family member worked for a railroad company and suffer from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illnesses, our New York personal injury attorney is here to help.
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