U.S. health officials have determined that the widely-used chemical benzene causes cancer – especially acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – in humans.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by the side effects of benzene exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Colorado Petroleum Site Reports Emitting High Levels of Benzene
December 21, 2017 – Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has discovered benzene-contaminated groundwater and soil at a site in Dacono, Colorado, according to a report filed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). The commission discovered the problem while trying to dig up an old pump earlier this month, requiring Anadarko to remove 200 barrels of contaminated groundwater.
Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon produced from the burning of natural products. The chemical is derived from coal and petroleum, and is used as a constituent in the following products:
How Does Benzene Exposure Occur?
The way most people are exposed to benzene is by breathing in air that contains the chemical. Benzene can also be absorbed through the skin during contact with a source such as gasoline, but because liquid benzene evaporates quickly, this is less common.
Benzene exposure can occur:
- At work
- In the environment
- Through the use of consumer products
Benzene Exposure in the Workplace
People who work in industries that make or use benzene may be exposed to the highest levels of benzene. These industries include:
- Benzene production (petrochemicals, petroleum refining, coke and coal chemical manufacturing)
- Rubber tire manufacturing
- Storage or transport of benzene and petroleum products containing benzene
Other individuals who may be exposed to benzene at the workplace include:
- Steel workers
- Rubber workers
- Laboratory technicians
- Gas station employees
Benzene Exposure and Acute Myeloid Leukemia
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified benzene as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). Studies have also shown that rates of acute myeloid leukemia are higher among workers regularly exposed to benzene compared to those who weren’t.
Early symptoms of acute myelogenous leukemia may be similar to those produced by the flu or other common diseases, and vary based on the type of blood cell affected. Signs and symptoms include:
- Bone pain
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Shortness of breath
- Pale skin
- Frequent infections
- Easy bruising
- Unusual bleeding (i.e. nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums)
Do I Qualify to File a Claim?
If you believe you were injured by exposure to benzene, you may be entitled to seek actual and punitive damages through the filing of a lawsuit. In these types of complaints, manufacturers, suppliers and others may be sued for lack of warnings regarding the dangers of benzene to workers and/or product users. Contact our lawyers now to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I Have a St. Louis Benzene Exposure 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 exposure lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation in St. Louis, Missouri, 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 were harmed by the side effects of benzene toxicity, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.