In mid-June of 2012 the World Health Organization declared that their studies now indicate that the cancer risk from diesel fumes is far greater than that of second hand cigarette smoke. In fact they went so far as to elevate diesel to the "known carcinogen" level. The medical director of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis W. Brawley commended the W.H.O. study, staring that his organization "has for a long time had concerns about diesel. Diesel now is rated a Group 1 carcinogen by W.H.O. which is the same rating as smoking, asbestos, ultraviolet radiation and other known cancer risks.
While the impact of diesel fumes might first appear to be more relevant in poor countries where trucks, generators and factory machinery often run on diesel, the fumes also impact certain key industries and classes of workers here in the US. Among those are mining, toll collectors, rail yard and round house workers, warehouse fork lift drivers and others.
Today's conversation is with Attorney Frederick "Rick" Kuykendall who is of counsel with the Miami, FL based firm Farrell & Patel and also practices out of Fairhope, AL. A decades long expert in mass tort litigation across a wide range of issues, Rick joins Speaking of Justice this week to discuss the possible legal issues related to this study and the potential for litigation in the US for affected workers exposed to diesel fumes over many years or work. As Rick points out in this broadcast Q&A session on legal issues related to diesel fume exposure, the National Cancer Institute indicates that a study of 12,000 miners showed that non-smoking miners who were exposed over yeas to diesel fumes had over seven times the normal rate of lung cancers of non-smokers.
To learn more about the study please go to the W.H.O. web page here and to contact Attorney Rick Kuykendall regarding the issue of diesel fumes litigation please contact the offices of Farrell and Patel in Miami, FL.