Personal Injury

Do You Have Cancer And Live In The Fifth Ward Or Kashmere Gardens?

Our Texas lawyers can help you get maximum compensation

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or another disease and live in the Fifth Ward or Kashmere Gardens neighborhoods, near the rail yard site that has been contaminated with the hazardous preservative creosote, our Texas lawyers can help you hold Union Pacific Railroad accountable for their gross negligence and get you maximum financial compensation.

The attorneys from Tracey Fox & Walters have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements, judgments and verdicts for clients located throughout Texas, and have experience handling cases involving exposure to harmful chemicals. Get answers and demand justice with help from our Texas law firm. Contact us today for your free case evaluation. We have offices conveniently located in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

What is creosote and how did this contamination happen?

Creosote is a preservative that was used for years at a wood treatment facility to treat wooden railroad ties on-site at a rail yard owned by Union Pacific. The site is located near the neighborhoods of Kashmere Gardens and Fifth Ward. While use of creosote came to an end at the site in the 1980s, some chemicals sank into the ground and created a contaminated ground water plume that has now moved beneath 110 homes in the area – unknowingly exposing residents to the dangerous chemical for decades.

According to a report by the Texas Department of State Health Services, there has been a “greater-than-expected incidences of adult cancers” near the contaminated site over a 17-year period (2000-2016) where lung and bronchus, esophagus, and larynx cancers were “statistically significantly greater than expected.” Arsenic, one of the chemicals that makes up creosote, has been linked to lung cancer and other cancers reported in the contamination zone.

Union Pacific Railroad, which acquired the rail yard from Southern Pacific Rail in 1996, didn’t notify residents in the contamination zone that they may be at risk until 2014. To make matters worse, Union Pacific has recently said a thorough cleanup effort is too hard and not necessary. Now, a cancer cluster has been identified in the neighborhoods of Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens – two places directly impacted by the creosote contamination.

Hold Union Pacific Railroad Accountable. Get a lawyer from Tracey Fox & Walters.

If you live in the creosote contamination zone and have developed cancer or any other disease, you may have a case against Union Pacific Railroad. Our Texas attorneys can listen to you, answer your questions, explain your legal options, and help you figure out the best course of action to take to hold Union Pacific legally responsible for your damages. You may be entitled to financial compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including cost of future care
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages

The time to take strong legal action is now. Tracey Fox & Walters founding partner Sean Tracey has been nationally recognized for his work litigating cases involving toxic chemical exposure, and our legal team will leave no stone unturned to build a strong case on your behalf and get you the compensation you’re entitled to. Best of all, we represent clients on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. It’s that easy. Discover what an attorney from Texas’s premier law firm can do for you. Contact us today for your free case evaluation.