Benzene is a useful chemical in a variety of industries ranging from rubber production to oil refining, but it also may cause severe health issues, including leukemia and other deadly blood-related diseases, when workers are exposed to it. If you believe that you or a loved one has developed health problems due to exposure to benzene, contact our qualified attorneys immediately, cases that qualify:
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Benzene is a colorless or light yellow chemical that comes in liquid form and is highly flammable. It is sweet smelling, but can be quite dangerous to humans.
Benzene is used as a solvent in industrial processing and is often used to dissolve rust and cut grease. It is very popular in both repair and maintenance work. It is also used in the production of crude oil products and ranks as one of the top 20 chemicals manufactured in the United States.
It is used in the manufacture of products that include all of the following:
- Detergents and dyes
- Glues and gums
- Lubricants, fuels and fats
- Synthetic fibers such as nylon
- Inks and paints
- Plastics, resins, rubbers and waxes
Extensive and long-term exposure to benzene, fumes and skin contact, may have the potential to cause serious and, in some cases, fatal diseases.
Benzene is known to be carcinogenic to humans and has been linked to a number of types of cancers and other serious illnesses, including many related to blood production and bone marrow production.
A short list of the diseases exposure may cause includes:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
- Aplastic Anemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes/Myelodyplasia
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
Not surprisingly, most dangerous exposure to benzene occurs in industrial settings.
Both the lungs and the skin will easily absorb benzene and deliver it to the bloodstream, which means that those who work in industries that use benzene as part of the manufacturing process can be at a high risk for developing severe side effects from exposure.
Based on data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) more than 32 million workers in America are exposed through 650,000 hazardous chemicals and substances in more than 3 million workplaces across the country each year. This level of exposure can pose serious risks for employees and employers.
The occupations that are at highest risk for dangerous levels of exposure include the following:
- Heavy machinery, truck and automobile mechanics
- Gas station workers, gas truck drivers, and gasoline storage facility workers
- Oil refinery, chemical plant, rubber, and shipyard workers
- Shoe and textile plant workers
- Steel industry, heavy construction, and railroad workers
- Mining industry workers
- Newspaper pressmen and painters
- Road workers
Medical researchers have known about and documented the dangers of exposure and its connection to diseases for more than 75 years.
In 1948, the American Petroleum Institute published a review of benzene exposure that claimed chronic benzene poison would result from continuous or repeated exposure to benzene in even low concentrations.
It went on to state that the human body does not develop a tolerance to the chemical and that individual susceptibility to benzene poisoning varies so greatly that the only safe level of exposure is zero.
Over the years, there have been numerous lawsuits filed against employers, site owners, manufacturing facilities, contractors and many others who were responsible for exposing their workforce to benzene.
These lawsuits have been filed all across the country for a wide variety of diseases and for numerous compensation amounts.Review My Case Now
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