Benzene Lawsuit Information
Benzene is a petroleum product, originally manufactured from coal tar that is used as a component in multiple industrial and consumer products. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, benzene is also a known carcinogen.
Benzene has been linked to the following cancers;
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Benzene is a clear, colorless and odorless substance that occurs naturally in the environment along with its inclusion in modern products. Some exposure to it is inevitable. Products that included benzene are glues, furniture wax and some detergents. Occupational exposure can occur in businesses that involve oil refining, shoe manufacturing, shipping, automobile repair and dozens of others.
Over the past several years scientific research and a growing body of case reports have provided ironclad proof that benzene exposure is associated with the development of leukemia in humans. Based on the professions associated with benzene exposure some estimates suggest that up to three million workers may have been exposed to hazardous levels of benzene on the job.
There are several forms of leukemia associated with benzene exposure. Benzene is a component in cigarette smoke and appears to be a major source of benzene-related diseases. Auto emissions are another ubiquitous source. The principal industries associated with benzene lawsuits are the oil business, rubber plants, paint and adhesives. Persons who worked with these materials were heavily exposed as were the employees at manufacturing or refining plants.
Benzene lawsuits have been most prevalent in California and Texas, in part due to the large oil and rubber industries in both states. However other causes include the recognition in California courts of the “trace element” causative effect of cumulative benzene exposure. Benzene litigation has been a mainstay in the product and employment liability categories for many years.
In 2006 benzene lawsuits began to multiply as the courts recognized that various forms of exposure to petroleum products could cause overexposure to benzene and even result in benzene-related fatalities. During that year over 200 lawsuits were filed against a petroleum company that allowed leakage from tanks into the ground, leading to seepage of benzene fumes into hundreds of homes in the area.
The more the public learns about the dangers and likelihood of benzene exposure, the higher the level of legal activity has become. If you or a family member has been exposed to benzene in the workplace or is suffering from medical complications associated with benzene exposure including Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) or Myelodysplastic Syndrome, contact our legal team and we will discuss your prospects for compensation in a free review of your case.
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