Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid. It has a sweet smell. This liquid evaporates into the air quickly and dissolves slightly in water. It is also a known carcinogen. It has been linked to leukemia and other blood related diseases.
If you think you have been exposed to benzene and are in a risk of some health hazard, you can take help of the law. In this article, I will share with you information about Benzene lawsuit.
Where it is Found
You can find benzene both in nature and as a result of some human activities. Naturally you can find it in crude oil, volcanoes, and after forest fires. It is also commonly used in many manufacturing processes. You can find it in adhesives, gasoline, glues, kerosene, inks, ink markers, pesticides, rubber cement, solvents, etc.
Who are at Risk of Benzene Exposure
Workers in industries that use or make Benzene have higher risk of having leukemia or other blood related diseases. People who are in the following occupations are in risk of Benzene exposure.
- Rubber workers.
- Chemical workers.
- Newspaper press workers.
- Shoe/leather workers.
- Paper workers.
- Pulp manufacturing workers.
- Adhesive production workers.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, the maximum permissible level of Benzene is 0.005 mg/liter. But, sometimes environmental benzene exposure happens due to various reasons. These include disposal of products containing Benzene, gasoline leaks from underground storage tanks and industrial discharge.
The following household products contain benzene.
- Cleaning products.
- Art supplies.
- Paint strippers.
Soda and soft drinks are also said to contain Benzene.
The Effects of Benzene Exposure
You need to get as far as possible from the source of the chemical in case of Benzene exposure. You may show some of the following symptoms during or shortly after the exposure.
- Rapid heart rate.
- Tremors or convulsions.
In case of long term exposure, the effects will be more severe and lasting than those of short-term exposure. They are:
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.
- Hairy Cell Leukemia.
- Chronic Myelogeneous Leukemia.
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
- Aplastic anemia.
- Compromised immune system.
- Decreased production of red blood cells.
You or someone you know may suffer from diseases because of Benzene exposure. In that case, you need to contact a lawyer immediately. This way, you can determine if you are entitled to compensation. You can be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. This will depend on your situation. However, there are some time constraints on lawsuits like this. Therefore, you need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Moreover, the legal and scientific issues in these cases are often complex and sophisticated. For this, you need to get a lawyer who specializes in products liability, workplace toxins, or other types of Benzene litigation.
Once you have known all the particulars, you can successfully file a Benzene lawsuit to get your compensation.