Benzene Cancer Dangers
Found in a variety of fuels and solvents, benzene is an organic chemical compound used in the manufacture of rubber, plastics, and synthetic fibers including nylon, lubricants, drugs, dyes, detergents, and pesticides. But benzene exposure has been linked to a variety of cancers, blood disorders, and other diseases.
If you or someone you know has developed cancer after exposure to benzene, contact Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough today. We’re here to help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Just dial (800) 210-8503 or fill out a free initial consultation form.
Benzene Cancers and Other Diseases
Diseases linked to benzene exposure include:
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Aplastic Anemia (AA)
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Myelodysplasis or Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
People have developed leukemia after being exposed to benzene for less than five years. Just one year of exposure can affect bone marrow and blood production, leading to anemia, excessive bleeding, and a depressed immune system. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death.
Workers at Risk of Benzene Exposure
Workers can be exposed to benzene through inhalation, ingestion, and skin and/or eye contact. Benzene can be absorbed through the skin by handling rags or splashing chemicals on exposed skin.
Workers at risk include:
- chemical workers
- gasoline workers
- lab technicians
- newspaper press workers
- refinery workers
- shoe or leather workers
- steel workers
Everyday products derived from benzene include clothing, plywood, compact discs, paints, packaging, and adhesives.
A Known Environmental Hazard
Several government agencies have acknowledged the health risks of benzene, citing the compound as a:
- cancer-causing agent (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- hazardous material (U.S. Department of Transportation)
- hazardous air pollutant (U.S. Clean Air Act)
- toxic pollutant (U.S. Clean Water Act)
Helping You Fight Back
Our personal injury lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of victims injured through no fault of their own, and we’re here to help if you’ve developed cancer or a blood disorder due to benzene exposure. Give us a call today, and let us help protect your rights to the money you deserve.
This law firm is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the U.S. Department of Transportation.