Railroad workers who breathe diesel fuel exhaust fumes are exposed to benzene, a toxic chemical associated with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and “pre-leukemia.”
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Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) is a cancer that damages bone marrow and decreases the production of new blood cells. About one-third of cases progress to an aggressive bone cancer known as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Benzene Exposure and MDS
Benzene is a toxic chemical known to cause MDS. It is found in diesel fuel. It is absorbed into the body by breathing it in diesel exhaust or when it evaporates into the air. High exposures to benzene can be deadly. Even low-level exposure is associated with MDS.
MDS Risk in Railroad Workers
Railroad workers are at risk of developing MDS and other cancers from diesel fumes. They are also exposed to benzene in chemical solvents used to degrease engines. Cancer can also develop after exposure to radiation and other carcinogenic chemicals.
What is the problem?
Railroad companies have an obligation to provide a safe working environment. Diesel engines went mainstream in the 1950s, but it was not until recently that they began requiring high-efficiency air filters, engine retrofits, and shutting down engines to limit diesel exhaust.
Symptoms of Myelodysplastic Syndrome
- Infections (skin, sinus, lung, urinary tract, etc.)
- Spontaneous bleeding
- Easy bruising
- Anemia (low red blood cell count)
- Neutropenia (low white blood cell count)
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
Railroad workers who are injured on the job can seek compensation under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA). There is no cap on damages in FELA lawsuits, and because railroad injuries are often serious, payouts are often higher than workers’ compensation claims.
Do I have a Myelodysplastic Syndrome Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting railroad induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with MDS, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our FELA Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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