Railroad Worker Files Toxic Substances Lawsuit Against Former Employer

Railroad worker files toxic substance lawsuitAn Edwardsville, Illinois railroad worker recently filed a toxic substances lawsuit against his former employer, claiming that he was exposed to toxic substances while performing his job.

James Brown, who was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, claims that his cancer was caused by toxic chemicals he was exposed to while working for the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the St. Clair Record reports. Brown claims to have worked for the railroad for the last decade, during which time the defendant allegedly allowed him to be exposed to toxic substances including lead, creosote and various degreasing solvents.

He claims that his doctor told him his cancer was due to his railroad work when delivering the diagnosis, the news provider reports.

Brown and his toxic substances attorney are seeking more than $50,000 in damages; a jury trial is requested.

According to the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, creosote is a name commonly given to a mixture of many chemicals derived from the high-temperature treating of coal, resin or wood.