Prolonged exposure to the chemical Benzene has been linked to numerous potentially fatal health conditions, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer or suffered other health effects after being exposed to benzene, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
Benzene is a highly flammable, colorless liquid commonly used in adhesives, inks, lighter fluid, cement, rubbers and other materials. However, despite its widespread use, Benzene is extremely dangerous if ingested or breathed in, and can cause serious illnesses which could lead to death.
Benzene Health Effects
There are acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) side effects caused by benzene exposure. Some of the most serious health risks include:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
- Aplastic Anemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Hairy Cell Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Hematologic Cancers
- Bladder Cancer
Which Occupations are at High Risk for Benzene Exposure in New Orleans?
Due to the wealth of oil and gas reserves in New Orleans, Louisiana, many workers and residents of the area have spent years or even decades in close proximity to dangerous chemicals, including benzene. From oil extraction and refining to transportation of gas and oil, people working jobs in these industries have been regularly exposed to levels of benzene that are many times higher than the human body can safely withstand. Those who work with petroleum products in other capacities, such as in plastics and rubber manufacturing, printing, paint production and the automotive industry are also at high risk for developing occupational-related benzene cancers.
Symptoms of Benzene Exposure (Short-Term)
- Excessive bruising
- Infection and fever
- Abnormal bleeding
- Bone or joint pain
- Enlarged spleen, lymph nodes, and liver
- Reduced tolerance to exercise
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
- November 2015 – A jury in Dallas, Texas, awarded $8.2 million in damages to a man who developed acute myelogenous leukemia after being exposed to benzene in paint and paint thinners at his job for more than 20 years.
- February 2016 – A Philadelphia jury ruled that a man’s development of AML was caused by a company’s defective benzene. The jury awarded $824,000 to the plaintiff.
- April 2016 – Complaint filed by an Alabama woman whose husband died from complications of acute myelogenous leukemia. The deceased had been a painter for over 40 years, with high exposures to benzene-containing materials for much of that time.
- June 2016 – An Iowa jury awarded $3.52 million to a woman who lost her husband due to myeloid leukemia as a result of exposure to long-term occupational exposure to benzene at his job.
Do I Have a New Orleans 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 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as across the U.S., and are currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer from benzene, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.