For decades, the dangers of asbestos were kept from the general public, including individuals who routinely worked with this toxic material. Railroad employees were vulnerable to asbestos dust inhalation and ingestion due to the many uses of asbestos throughout their industry. Asbestos was used to insulate materials on steam locomotives and diesel locomotives. It could be found in the production of boilers, the outside of the train’s engine, under the metal body of the train, in boxcars, ceilings of cabooses, pipe coverings, electrical panels, and the driving cabins and carriages.
These employees would spend their day working around these materials, collecting asbestos dust in their hair, on their clothing, and under their shoes. They would then transport this toxic dust into their vehicles and homes. Spouses, especially those responsible for doing the household laundry, would then be exposed to this dangerous dust.
Asbestos exposure has been linked to several different illnesses including mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, and a non-cancerous illness called asbestosis.
If you are a retired railroad worker who was married at the time of your employment you and your spouse may qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds. The team at Sammons & Berry, P.C. works with retired railroad workers and their family to get the money they deserve for being exposed to this dangerous material.
You cannot tell when asbestos is in the air or is hurting your lungs. Asbestos will not make you cough or sneeze. It will not make your skin or throat itch. Asbestos fibers get into the air when asbestos materials are damaged, disturbed or removed unsafely. When asbestos is crushed, it does not make ordinary dust. Asbestos breaks into tiny fibers that are too small to see, feel or taste.
When asbestos is released into the air, it enters the surrounding environment. You can be exposed to asbestos if you enter these environments. If exposed to asbestos, many factors contribute to whether harmful health effects will occur. These factors include:
- dose (how much);
- duration (how long);
- the route or pathway by which you are exposed (breathing, eating, or drinking); and
- other chemicals to which you are exposed.
Individual characteristics may also have an effect, such as:
- nutritional status;
- family traits;
- lifestyle; and
- your general state of health.
Free Asbestos Exposure Consultation in United States
At Sammons & Berry, P.C. we offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation, so you can discuss the facts of your case without paying for anything upfront. Asbestos trusts claims do not require a lawsuit, depositions, or courtrooms. The process is simple and easy for the client and should not require any stressful legal confrontations for the client. The law firm handles all of the claims for the client, helping you maximize your compensation.
We do not accept any payments from our clients until they receive compensation. We charge on a contingent fee basis, which means you pay a percentage of what you get paid in your claim. If we are unable to collect anything for you, there is no cost to you.
Call (800) 519-1440 to speak with a Sammons and Berry, P.C. representative and start your journey towards compensation.
Wrongful Death Claims For Families of Asbestos Victims
If you have lost someone in your family due to the harmful exposure of asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. If you can provide the work history and a death certificate for your loved one, our attorneys can help you file an asbestos claim. We understand how difficult this process can be, this is why we work with you every step of the way to help you get the money you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn more about filing a claim for a family member.