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Under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) of 1906, railroad workers may be entitled to compensation for cancer and other illnesses. FELA was created to protect and compensate injured workers employed by Union Pacific and other railroad companies.

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Cancer and the Railroad Worker


Research studies prove that the exposure to toxic chemicals and known carcinogens are linked to the development of cancer in railroad employees. Many railroad employees are frequently exposed to dangerous chemicals and materials while performing their job duties. Cancer may take years to manifest in workers and many of these cancer sufferers may not even be aware that the disease is linked to their current or previous railway job.


If you or someone you love is a current or former railroad worker who was diagnosed with cancer, you may have a claim. The skilled FELA attorneys at 1-800-LAW-HELP have years of experience navigating the complex FELA laws on behalf of railroad workers across the United States.


About the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA)


FELA was established in 1908 to safeguard and compensate railroad employees harmed while on the job. Not only does FELA help employees injured due to malfunctioning machinery and other hazards, it also protects workers who developed cancer and other serious health issues from exposure to toxic materials and chemicals such as asbestos and Benzene.


Types of Cancer


One of the most common cancers contracted by current and former railway workers is the blood disease Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) which often progresses to Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a deadly bone cancer. Both diseases are directly linked to Benzene, a known carcinogen. Railroad workers are often exposed to Benzene through exposure to solvents and diesel fuel.


AML symptoms vary, but often include:

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Pale skin

  • Bruising

  • Joint pain

  • Stomach pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Headaches and confusion

  • Vision problems


Other cancers suffered by railroad workers include:

  • Mesothelioma (caused by asbestos exposure)

  • Lung

  • Multiple Myeloma

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Kidney

  • Bladder

  • Colon

  • Esophageal

  • Skin



Railroad Occupations at Increased Risk of Cancer Include:

  • Carman

  • Conductor

  • Engineer

  • Lineman

  • Machinists

  • Switch operator

  • Track inspector

  • Track maintenance

  • Welder



Explore Your Legal Options


If you or someone you love is a current or former railroad employee who was diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to significant compensation under FELA. Contact the FELA legal team at 1-800-LAW-HELP. All calls are free and confidential. There is no obligation. Our experienced FELA team strives to protect the rights of railroad employees and works to obtain the compensation that they and their families deserve.

Do I Have a Claim?

If you or a loved one worked for the railroad and was diagnosed with cancer, contact the seasoned FELA professionals at 1-800-LAW-HELP immediately for your free and confidential consultation. 1-800-LAW-HELP has offices throughout the country to serve you.

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The experienced attorneys at 1-800-LAW-HELP are proud to represent current and former railroad employees with various forms of cancer for over 30 years.

We have the crucial expertise needed to successfully navigate the complicated waters of the Federal Employers Liability Act. Most importantly, we can help you and your family attain the compensation that you have a right to pursue.

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