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Former BNSF employees suing company for asbestos exposure

Three people who are plagued with respiratory disease allegedly due to work-related asbestos exposure filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway on June 3, a report from the Daily Reporter stated.

The plaintiffs, identified as Gary Sachtjen, Charles Anderson and Harold Gjerman, all claimed that their workplace surroundings were filled with materials that contained asbestos. A lawyer representing the plaintiffs said that BNSF was liable for putting its workers at risk, as the company failed to provide a safe workplace. The plaintiffs, who worked in the railway for at least 34 years each, are currently seeking compensation of $300,000 for each of them. The lawsuit also identified former railway operators as defendants, including Portland, Seattle, and Spokane Railways. Reports revealed that several lawsuits have been filed against the railway company in past years.

Workers unfortunately develop mesothelioma, a rare and fatal cancer that affects the lungs, when asbestos fibers are inhaled over time. If you have developed respiratory illnesses from asbestos exposure, a lawyer may help you seek compensation if negligent parties are involved. Learn more about asbestos hazards and how you may file a claim against negligent companies today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.    

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