Tony was referred to McDermott-Hickey by his family attorney.
He had just been diagnosed with Leukemia, specifically; Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a fast growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
During his client interview, Tony described cleaning tools and engine parts in tubs of pure Benzene while working at the Conrail yards in Cleveland.
Benzene is an organic chemical compound valued by industry for its use as a solvent.
It is also a deadly carcinogen known to cause various cancers such as AML.
This was no secret to the railroad which had Tony working literally up to his elbows in pure benzene without any type of protection or warning.