Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell that evaporates into the air very quickly and dissolves slightly in water. Benzene, however, is a known carcinogen and has been linked to leukemia and other blood related diseases.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting Benzene induced blood disorder claims in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been exposed to Benzene in the work place and suffered from serious side effects, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please click here to contact our Toxic Tort Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at 866-920-0753.
What is the problem with the Benzene?
Benzene is commonly found in adhesives, asphalts, calibrating fluid, charcoal lighter fluid, cigarette lighter fluid, contact cements, gasoline, glues, kerosene, hydraulic fluids, inks and ink markers, lacquer thinner, pesticides, processing film, rubber cement, solvents, and vinyl thinner. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline, and cigarette smoke, and a component or contaminant in numerous industrial and consumer products. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia.
Workers in industries that use or make Benzene are at a greater risk of developing leukemia or other blood related diseases. The following are at a higher occupational risk of Benzene exposure:
- Chemical workers
- Shoe/leather workers
- Rubber workers
- Paper workers
- Pulp manufacturing workers
- Adhesive production workers
- Newspaper press workers
Benzene can occur naturally in the environment if there are great deals of carbon based materials that have burned but have not burned completely. Naturally occurring benzene is released from soil, water, and incompletely combusted substances into the air where it is broken down quickly by other chemicals. Cigarette smoke, gasoline emissions, automobile exhaust, and automobile service stations also contribute to Benzene released into the environment. Industrial processes can lead to environmental contamination as they carelessly release Benzene into the air and ground water. Experts estimate that there are over 100,000 sites of industrial benzene contamination in the United States alone.
Other commonly used products have been found to contain Benzene such as glues, cleaning products, detergents, art supplies, paint strippers, and soft drinks.
Unfortunately, many products don’t list benzene in their products labeling. This then causes a great risk to consumers due to unknown benzene exposure.
Side Effects of the Benzene
Benzene exposure has been linked to the following types of serious, life-threatening side effects:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
- Aplastic Anemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Hairy Cell Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Hematologic Cancers
Do I Have a Benzene Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, LLP is currently accepting Benzene induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by Benzene, you should contact our firm immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Tort Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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