Asbestos greatly increases your risks of lung cancer
Between 2007 and 2009 four former employees of the railroad company CSX were diagnosed with lung cancer they claim was caused by exposure to asbestos at their work sites throughout Tampa, Florida. The men worked for CSX for about four decades. They said that they were never warned about the dangerous risks associated with asbestos exposure or given the proper safety measures to prevent them. Most of the men had started with the company in the 70s. Triner started even earlier, in 1968.
Each man worked in different positions at CSX, but they said that they were all required to work in areas where they were “heavily exposed” to asbestos. This included in and around locomotives, boilers, railroad cars, and a variety of buildings and repair shops.
Asbestos is a dangerous carcinogen used in many commercial and industrial products due to its affordability, and resistance to heat and electricity. The railroad industry used asbestos in many pieces of machinery including steam locomotives, boxcars, and cabooses. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) asbestos can cause lung cancer as well as other deadly diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Studies have also revealed that the combination of smoking and asbestos is especially dangerous. According to the NCI “smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing lung cancer that is greater than the individual risks from asbestos and smoking added together.”
As one of the nation’s leading law firms, Weitz & Luxenberg has worked in asbestos litigation for over two decades.In 2007, we won a total of $37 million in verdicts for the families of two men who died from lung cancer related to asbestos. A crucial element of these two cases was the jury’s determination that the occupational exposures to asbestos of both men were "substantial factors" in causing their lung cancer, rejecting the defense that the sole cause of the cancers was smoking.
You may be visiting our website because you, or someone you know, have been recently diagnosed with lung cancer related to asbestos exposure. Please continue to browse our site for further updates and information on compensation for those who have been made sick by cancer-causing asbestos.
These workers took action and so can you
In February 2010, the four former CSX employees in Tampa decided to file a lawsuit against the railroad company for exposure to asbestos on the job which led to their lung cancer. CSX has also been sued by other former employees who developed asbestos-related diseases after working for the company in various locations across the country. In many of the cases, the company denied responsibility for the illnesses.
The Tampa plaintiffs, however, maintain that CSX knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure in its workplaces, and allege that “the company failed to take the necessary steps to inform its employees or provide them with protective equipment.”
Many workers like these men in Florida have come forward to say their work environment led to a diagnosis of lung cancer or other asbestos-related diseases. If this has been your father’s, or grandfather’s experience, our asbestos lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation to help pay for necessary medical treatment and ensure the best care possible.
For over two decades, Weitz & Luxenberg has handled some of the most legally complicated and groundbreaking asbestos litigation in the country, winning many millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements along the way.
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