Asbestos Threatens the Health of Railroad Workers
The immense heat produced by trains has resulted in the use of asbestos insulation on trains for many years. While the dangerous effects of asbestos were not discovered until later, the damage to railroad workers’ health had begun long before anyone the danger was fully understood. Asbestos was not only used in brake linings, clutches, boilers, fireboxes, and engines, but it was also used extensively in boxcars and cabooses to reduce the chance of a fire.
Although the physical effects of asbestos may not be noticed until much later in life, the damage begins as soon as asbestos fibers are ingested or inhaled into the lungs. Exposure to asbestos fibers, such as the exposure that a railroad worker working on the train’s engine or brakes may have encountered, commonly leads to the development of mesothelioma. This form of cancer is often hard to detect since the symptoms are very similar to other common health concerns. Informing your doctor of any possible asbestos exposure will help to diagnose your condition much earlier.
Family members of railroad workers may also be at risk of developing mesothelioma. The asbestos fibers often linger in worker’s clothes, causing anyone who comes in contact with them to be at risk. Wives who commonly complete the laundry for the family are often at risk of second hand asbestos exposure.
If your occupation has caused you to be exposed to asbestos, seek medical attention immediately. After completing a medical examination, contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. The mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher have extensive experience representing those suffering from this devastating form of cancer. Contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher today to schedule your free initial consultation and begin the process of protecting your rights.