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Asbestos exposure can lead to pulmonary fibrosis and other diseases

A former Norfolk Southern Railway Company employee filed a suit against his employer, claiming that he sustained injuries to his lungs and pulmonary system following his work as a locomotive engineer. The man was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis after years of working in conditions where he was exposed to a variety of fumes, smokes, dusts and particulate matter composed of diesel exhaust, sand, and asbestos.

The lawsuit states that the railway company failed to provide safe conditions and adequate protection from exposure to toxic fumes. It also states that the company failed to properly inspect, maintain, and repair its locomotive engines and deliberately neglected to warn of the dangers of exposure to diesel exhaust and asbestos fibers.

The asbestos problem is still ever present in the United States. It stems from the ruthless complacency of the people that knowingly manufactured and allowed workers to handle asbestos without alerting them of the dangers. For over one-hundred years, the information was available that asbestos causes an assortment of lethal diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, but companies that created asbestos products failed to notify workers of the potential toxic effects of asbestos.

Weitz & Luxenberg understands the asbestos problem. We understand the sense of betrayal and shock a person feels when they realize that was asbestos that caused his or her illness. Asbestos was a substance many handled with bare hands and no masks because they were never informed of the danger.

Weitz & Luxenberg can help you seek compensation. We have a team of skilled attorneys with a wealth of knowledge concerning asbestos-related diseases such as:

Contact Weitz & Luxenberg today for a free legal consultation. We want to hear your case.

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a potentially fatal illness that results from scarring on the lungs by asbestos particles. The disease ultimately affects your ability to breathe in enough oxygen. Once the scarring has developed, it is irreversible.

Symptoms of Pulmonary Fibrosis include:

  • Shortness of breath (especially with exertion)
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Chest tightness or other discomfort in that region
  • Loss of appetite and rapid weight loss
  • Chronic dry, hacking coughing

Any disease caused by exposure to asbestos is serious enough to warrant legal action. Weitz & Luxenberg can help you take that action.

The scope of the crisis

Asbestos-related diseases are steadily rising and the medical community speculates that the crisis has not even peaked. Congress tried to reconcile the scope of the crisis financially, but so far has not been able to determine a sum of money great enough to compensate all of those afflicted with asbestos-related diseases. Congressional committees determined it may take nearly 150 times more money than was set aside for the first responders of 9/11, and over seven times as much money as was allotted for the BP spill.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans, the same Americans that created the basic infrastructure that is modern-day America (the pipes, the cars, the trains, the boilers), were sickened and robbed of the retirement they should have enjoyed in health by asbestos-related diseases like pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma.

Part of the tragedy is that the companies that employed these workers exposed them to asbestos with full knowledge that it would most likely make them fatally ill. To this today many of these same companies are continuing to deny their responsibilities, and attack the very workers and the families of those workers they made sick.

Weitz & Luxenberg has a history of winning cases related to asbestos diseases. We have built up a wealth of experience over the past two decades and can carefully craft an air-tight case in your favor.


Those afflicted with asbestos-related diseases can seek compensation. To get started, simply fill out the form on this page. A Weitz & Luxenberg representative will review your case and get in touch with you for your free legal consultation. There is no need to wait – contact Weitz & Luxenberg today. 

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