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West Virginia Railway Worker Brings Suit for Development of Rare Blood Disease After Chemical Exposure

Hartley & O'Brien, PLLC, along with Johnstone & Gabhart, recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a railway worker employed by Railserve, Inc. who developed a rare blood disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) after being exposed to a number of chemicals while moving and loading railway cars at DuPont's Belle Works in Kanawha County, West Virginia. During the three years between 2008 and 2011 in which he worked at the DuPont facility, the worker was exposed to chemicals such as dimethyl amine, trimethyl amine, dimethyl sulfate, and glycolic acid, as well as several DuPont-manufactured products.

After a chemical spill in the fall of 2011, the worker collapsed at home and was taken to the hospital, where he nearly died. His doctors diagnosed him with HLH and, over the course of the next several months, he was hospitalized repeatedly and received extensive medical treatment. He remains on prescription medication, suffers nausea daily, and has difficulty tolerating sunlight. The worker brought suit against Railserve and DuPont, as well as two safety managers at DuPont's Belle works. Pettry v. Railserve, Inc., et al., Marshall County, West Virginia Circuit Court, Civil Action No. 13-C-162-H.

Contact us if you have suffered personal injury due to chemical exposure. Hartley & O'Brien can provide the relentless representation that you need in order to recover fair compensation.

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