Benzene is a highly toxic chemical that is used in the production and manufacturing of a wide variety of products such as: types of rubbers, adhesives, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, explosives, napalm, and pesticides. Exposure can happen by breathing vapors or fumes, contact with the skin and by ingesting it.
Although benzene is commonly absorbed through breathing in vapors or the ingestion of benzene materials, the hazardous chemical compound can also be absorbed through the skin.
People who working oil refineries and chemical processing plants are at high risk to being poisoned by Benzene exposure, and run higher risks in contracting various blood disorders as well as forms of Leukemia, such as:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Aplastic Anemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict regulations that mandate the limits of benzene exposure of employees who work in process plants or elsewhere where is the use of Benzene and its sub-chemical variations are used.
Federal law to requires employers who use benzene or benzene by product chemicals to use safe and approved practices for maintaining safe working environments and to limit their employee’s exposure. Failure to take safety measure is cause for negligence and creates grounds for personal injury lawsuits.
Benzene exposure lawsuits are designed to provide compensation for pain, suffering and legal expenses incurred as a result of an employer’s negligence.
People are most likely to come into contact with benzene are workers in chemical processing, manufacturing or other industries that use Benzene based products. Most common are, laborers, pipe fitters, painters, leather manufacturers, gasoline distribution workers and refinery workers are all at risk of coming into contact with benzene.
Other sources of benzene exposure include automobile exhaust, hazardous waste areas, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, and forest fires.
Although most people are exposed to small amounts of benzene on an occasional basis, people who live or work near manufacturing facilities in which benzene is used are at highest risk for benzene-related illnesses.
In 1987, OSHA estimated that about 237,000 workers in the United States were potentially exposed to benzene; it is not known if this number has substantially changed since then. Many people have suffered the painful, uncomfortable, and undesirable effects of Benzene exposure, and some have even lost their lives through exposure to this chemical.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of Benzene poisoning, please contact a Benzene exposure attorney at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP to find out your rights and how we can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
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