Exposure to the industrial chemical benzene has been linked to the development of cancer, leukemia, and other life-threatening health complications.
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a clear, colorless and flammable liquid that has a sweet smell to it. It is used in the following products:
- Motor fuels
What’s the problem?
Although problems with benzene have been known for years, workers in many industries have been exposed to hazardous solvents and chemicals without being warned about the potential health risks.
Health Effects of Benzene Poisoning
Long-term exposure to benzene has been linked to the following complications:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Aplastic Anemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Acute Lymphocytic (or Lymphoblastic) Leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic Myeloid (or Myelogenous) Leukemia (CML)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
- Bladder Cancer
- And more
Is Benzene Still Legal?
Although using benzene in its pure form as a solvent has been illegal in the U.S. for over 20 years, the chemical is still used to make solvents, degreasers, mineral spirits, plastics, rubber products, resins, glues, dyes, detergents, pesticides and a variety of other products.
How to Limit Benzene Exposure
If you are concerned about Benzene, taking the following steps can help limit your exposure:
- Don’t smoke cigarettes. If you are a smoker, quit. Cigarette smoke is a major source of benzene exposure.
- Limit your exposure to gasoline fumes by pumping gas carefully and choosing gas stations with vapor recovery systems. Avoid skin contact with gasoline.
- Minimize or avoid exposure to fumes from solvents, paints, and art supplies, especially in unventilated spaces.
- If you believe you may have been exposed to benzene, remove any clothing that may have the chemical on it, wash exposed areas with soap and water, and seek immediate medical attention.
Proving the Link Between Cancer and Benzene Exposure
Building a successful Benzene lawsuit takes time – it involves reconstructing and investigating the exposure history throughout a victim’s work and personal life. Proving the link between exposure and illness is a tedious process, but a vital one that is necessary for you to get the financial and emotional support you deserve.
Benzene manufacturers, suppliers, refineries and others who provided the chemical without adequate warnings regarding the dangers of benzene exposure may be held liable to patients who were diagnosed with cancer or leukemia through the filing of a benzene lawsuit.
Do I Have a Chicago Benzene Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Benzene Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in Chicago, Illinois, and all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer from benzene, or suffered other adverse health complications, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.