Railroad Workers

Between 1990 and 1999,  the railroad industry was the fourth most frequently listed industry on the death certificates of individuals over 15 years of age who died from asbestosis. Much research has shown that those afflicted with asbestosis – a scarring of the lungs due to asbestos fiber inhalation – have a greater risk of developing malignant mesothelioma cancer. This frightening statistic about asbestosis deaths for railroad workers late in the 20th century is not surprising given the history and nature of the railroad industry – an industry that has routinely utilized asbestos products for heat shielding and insulation.

The number of ways in which asbestos was used on locomotives exposed workers of many kinds on a daily basis, making railroad work particularly deadly in regards to asbestos exposure. These workers included:

  • Engineers
  • Train yardsmen
  • Brakemen
  • Train builders
  • Repairmen
  • Inspectors

Asbestos Exposure in the Railroad Industry

For over 100 years, asbestos materials have helped enable success of the railroad industry. Like any other industry that required heat protection for machinery and human life, the railroad industry relied on asbestos for the production of carriages and engine parts, and for insulation protection against heat generated by steam and coal-powered engines.

The railroad industry used asbestos to insulate machinery and pipes throughout the train system, and lined entire passenger cars with asbestos – within walls, ceilings, and in the form of floor tiles.

Many of the parts required for trains to function were also composed of asbestos, including brake shoes and gaskets. The gaskets were often custom cut-to-size by railroad workers, and when asbestos products are cut into, small asbestos fibers are released into the air. These fibers were not only inhaled by the worker doing the cutting, but also by anyone who happened to be in the area.

Research conducted over the past two decades shows that railroad workers have a considerably higher chance than the general population of developing diseases associated with asbestos exposure including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Given the long latency period of asbestos-related diseases, there remains a very good possibility that thousands of mesothelioma cases have yet to emerge for those who worked within the railroad system of America.

Simmons Hanly Conroy Helps Railroad Workers and Their Families

For railroad workers and their families impacted by a mesothelioma diagnosis, our asbestos attorneys have recovered millions to help them pay for medical bills and hold those who harmed them accountable. A few of Simmons Hanly Conroy’s top mesothelioma settlement amounts recovered for our clients who worked on railroads are listed below.

Our firm represents people harmed by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers on an individual basis, so the results below are reflective of each individual’s mesothelioma story. Results will vary by case depending on the individual’s exposure, age, diagnosis and several other factors.

MESOTHELIOMA SETTLEMENTS FOR RAILROAD WORKERS

 $2.48
MILLION

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California
Switchman & U.S. Air Force Veteran

 $3.9
MILLION

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Illinois
Steam Repairman

 $2.42
MILLION

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Michigan
Mechanic & U.S. Army Veteran

  • $1.51 million collected for a New Mexico Railroad Worker and U.S. Army Veteran who died from pleural mesothelioma in 2016
  • $1.8 million collected for the heirs of a 73-year-old Arizona woman who died from Secondary Asbestos Exposure from her father’s Railroad Job
  • $3.57 million collected for a mesothelioma patient who worked on the Tennessee Railroad
  • $1.89 million to a pleural mesothelioma sufferer in 2008 who worked for the Railroad in Nebraska
  • $1 million in mesothelioma settlements to a Railroad Worker from Montana
  • $2 million granted to a Railroad Mechanic and U.S Air Force Veteran from Indiana diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma
  • $3.1 million awarded to an Indiana Railroad Worker who died from pleural mesothelioma
  • Just over $2.8 million obtained in 2006 for a Railroad Laborer from Louisiana affected by pleural mesothelioma
  • $2.1 million granted to a Tennessee Railroad Worker who endured peritoneal mesothelioma until 2014
  • $2.8 million in settlements granted for a Railroad Worker and U.S. Navy Veteran affected by mesothelioma
  • $2.7 million secured for a Texas Railroad Worker who died from pleural mesothelioma in 2008
  • $1.73 million in mesothelioma settlements to a Massachusetts Railroad Fireman and Sheet Metal Worker who died in 2014
  • $2.9 million in settlements obtained for a Colorado Railroad Worker who died from pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.53 million granted in 2012 to the heirs of a woman who died from Secondary Asbestos Exposure through her father’s Railroad Job
  • $2 million to a peritoneal mesothelioma patient diagnosed through Secondary Exposure from her husband’s Railroad Job
  • $2.1 million granted to a Pennsylvania Railroad Brakeman and U.S. Navy Veteran who died from pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.4 million in Nebraska mesothelioma settlements to the heirs of a Railroad Worker
  • $1.5 million awarded to the heirs of a 64-year-old Arizona woman who died from Secondary Asbestos Exposure from her Husband’s Railroad Job
  • Just over $1 million in settlements to a Railroad Worker and Navy Veteran from Jew Jersey in 2011
  • Just over $1 million in mesothelioma settlements collected for an Illinois Railroad Worker and Farmer
  • $1.04 million secured for an Illinois Railroad Worker and Navy Veteran affected by pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.08 million collected for a Tennessee Railroad Worker diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2012
  • $1.01 million obtained for a Florida Railroad Worker and U.S. Marine Veteran who fought pleural mesothelioma for 4 years
  • $1.7 million granted to a Colorado Railroad Worker and U.S. Army Veteran who spent 4 years battling pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.18 million granted to a 77-year-old California Railroad Worker affected by mesothelioma
  • $1.68 million in Illinois mesothelioma settlements awarded to an 84-year-old woman diagnosed from Secondary Exposure due to her father’s Railroad job
  • $1.7 million awarded to an Illinois Railroad Watchman who endured mesothelioma until 2013
  • $2.4 million secured for an Illinois Railroad Worker diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma
  • $1.9 million secured in 2014 for a Missouri Railroad Worker and U.S. Navy Veteran diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma

If you or a loved one believe you may have been exposed to asbestos during your career as a railroad worker, please fill out the form below to schedule a free legal consultation with one of our experienced asbestos attorneys. We’ll help you learn more about mesothelioma and it’s relation to asbestos exposure among railroad workers.