Diesel Fume & Exhaust Exposure Attorney
Fighting for the Rights of the Injured across the Nation
Have you suffered health damage as a worker exposed to diesel fumes and
exhaust? Railroad workers as well as those in other occupations who are
consistently exposed to such toxic substances are often harmed by developing
serious medical conditions, such as
lung cancer and other cancers. These debilitating and devastating health effects can result in costly
medical expenses, loss of wages and earning capacity, pain, suffering,
emotional trauma for the injured and his or her family and premature death.
If you or someone you love has been harmed from exposure to diesel fumes
or exhaust on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation for
your injuries. At Doran & Murphy, PLLC, we have been representing
railroad workers and other injury victims for two decades. We can help you pursue justice
through the courts. You may be entitled to financial compensation for
the losses and damages you have sustained due to the negligence or wrongdoing
of others. We offer a free consultation in which you can discuss your
injuries with an
injury attorney to find out how we can help you.
Health Effects of Diesel Fumes
In May 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its health
assessment for diesel exhaust which found diesel particulate matter to
be a "likely" carcinogen. Diesel particle exposure poses a unique
threat due to its compound nature, consisting of a carbon core which acts
as a magnet for numerous other toxins. The result is a hazardous mixture
of fine particles, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and many other toxic
metals and gases.
Fine particles have been linked to a wide variety of serious health impacts,
ranging from respiratory ailments such as asthma attacks to heart attacks,
stroke, and premature death. A recent report of the Clean Air Task Force
states that approximately 21,000 people die prematurely each year due
to particulate matter pollution from diesel exposure. Approximately 3,000
of these premature deaths are due to lung cancer from these exposures,
as diesel exhaust presents a lung cancer risk 7.5 times higher than the
cancer risks of all other air toxins combined.
Diesel locomotives account for a significant portion of diesel emissions.
The Clean Air Task Force report further states that occupational exposures
to diesel are among the highest environmental exposures, primarily associated
with increased incidence of lung cancer. However, a study of railroad
workers suggests that diesel exposure may also have caused serious and
permanent impairment to the central nervous system.
In addition to these health risks, exposure to diesel fumes may also impact
an individual's immune system, disrupting the chemical signals and
production of antibodies resulting in a decreased ability to recover from illness.
Contact a diesel fume & exhaust exposure lawyer
at the firm for experienced legal counsel today.