While asbestos exposure is a common cause of cancer in Ohio, it’s sadly not the only one. There are other toxic materials that can lead to the development of serious or even fatal illnesses. In another state, a former railroad conductor and brakeman has filed a lawsuit alleging that his employers’ negligence led to his development of kidney cancer through exposure to toxic substances.
The lawsuit names as defendants three railroad corporations for which the plaintiff worked as conductor and brakeman from 1972 to 2008, a total of 36 years. It was during this time, the complaint states, that the man was exposed to excessive amounts of several toxic substances. These hazardous materials allegedly included diesel exhaust and benzene, in addition to asbestos.
According to the plaintiff, his exposure to these toxic substances contributed to or even caused his kidney cancer. He claims that, by failing to either minimize or eliminate his exposure to these hazardous chemicals, and by failing to provide a reasonably safe work environment, the defendants negligently violated the Federal Employers Liability Act. In addition to the kidney cancer, the lawsuit alleges that the man suffered pain and emotional distress, as well as loss of enjoyment of life, among other complaints.
The plaintiff seeks damages from the defendants in excess of $50,000, jointly, severally and individually, as well as all court costs. Individuals in Ohio who find themselves similarly suffering due to exposure to hazardous or toxic materials may also benefit from exploring their options with an attorney. An experienced lawyer may be able to offer guidance and ongoing support in the pursuit of justice and compensation.
Source: pennrecord.com, “Former railroad conductor and brakeman alleges his kidney cancer was caused by toxic substance exposure“, Nicholas Malfitano, Sep. 15, 2017