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 We Fight for Retired Railroad Workers Exposed to Asbestos

Asbestos, once hailed as a miracle material for its fire-resistant and insulating properties, has left a dark legacy in its wake. For many retired railroad workers, exposure to asbestos during their careers has become a haunting reality. The inhalation and ingestion of asbestos fibers on the job have led to devastating health consequences, with diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer lurking in the shadows. These diseases may take decades to manifest, but the toll they exact on those affected is immeasurable. Fortunately, there is hope, and at Sammons and Berry, P.C., we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of retired railroad workers exposed to asbestos.


The Dangers of Asbestos Inhalation and Ingestion

Asbestos, once considered a wonder material, is a naturally occurring mineral known for its remarkable heat resistance and insulating properties. Due to these qualities, asbestos found its way into numerous industrial applications, including the construction and maintenance of railroads. Unfortunately, the very properties that made asbestos so appealing also make it incredibly hazardous to human health.


Inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers can have dire consequences. When asbestos-containing materials deteriorate or are disturbed, microscopic fibers are released into the air, where they can be easily inhaled. Once inhaled, these sharp, needle-like fibers become lodged in the lungs, leading to a range of health problems.


Asbestosis: A Silent Threat

One of the most insidious consequences of asbestos exposure is asbestosis. This progressive and debilitating lung disease occurs when asbestos fibers cause scarring of the lung tissue. Over time, this scarring restricts lung function, making it increasingly difficult for individuals to breathe. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, persistent cough, and chest pain. While asbestosis is not cancer, it can significantly impact one’s quality of life and can be life-threatening in severe cases.


The Link to Life-Threatening Illnesses

Tragically, asbestos exposure doesn’t stop at asbestosis. Over the years, extensive research has revealed the direct correlation between asbestos exposure and several life-threatening illnesses:


Mesothelioma: This rare and aggressive cancer primarily affects the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Mesothelioma is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure, and its prognosis is often grim.


Lung Cancer: Inhalation of asbestos fibers greatly increases the risk of developing lung cancer, even in non-smokers. The combination of asbestos exposure and smoking further compounds this risk.


Throat Cancer: Exposure to asbestos has been linked to an increased risk of throat cancer, which can affect the vocal cords, pharynx, and esophagus.


Esophageal Cancer: Asbestos exposure is associated with a higher incidence of esophageal cancer, which affects the tube connecting the throat to the stomach.


Stomach Cancer: Studies have shown a potential link between asbestos exposure and an elevated risk of stomach cancer, though the exact mechanisms are still under investigation.


Colon Cancer: Some research suggests that asbestos exposure may be a risk factor for colon cancer, though more studies are needed to establish a definitive connection.


The Latency Period: Decades of Uncertainty

One of the most unsettling aspects of asbestos-related illnesses is their long latency period. It can take several decades for symptoms to manifest after initial exposure to asbestos. This means that retired railroad workers who were exposed to asbestos during their careers may only discover the devastating consequences much later in life. The delayed onset of these diseases can make diagnosis and treatment challenging, but early intervention is crucial to improving outcomes.


Our Commitment to You

If you or someone you love has developed any of these life-threatening illnesses after working in an environment with asbestos, know that you are not alone. At Sammons and Berry, P.C., we understand the unique challenges faced by retired railroad workers who were exposed to asbestos during their careers. Our experienced legal team is dedicated to fighting for your rights and pursuing the justice you deserve.


Over $30 Billion in Trusts

It’s important to note that there is hope for victims of asbestos exposure. There is currently over $30 billion put away in trusts for individuals who develop health problems after being exposed to asbestos. These trusts were established to ensure that those who have suffered due to asbestos exposure can receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

The dangers of asbestos inhalation and ingestion cannot be overstated, and the toll it takes on retired railroad workers is a harsh reality. The link between asbestos exposure and life-threatening illnesses like asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, and colon cancer is well-established. The long latency period of these diseases adds an additional layer of complexity to the issue.


If you or someone you know has been affected by asbestos exposure during a career in the railroad industry, Sammons and Berry, P.C. is here to help. Our dedicated team has the experience and expertise needed to navigate the legal complexities surrounding asbestos-related illnesses. Together, we can pursue justice and compensation, ensuring that the victims of asbestos exposure are not left to bear the burden alone.


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