Benzene Lawsuit and
Benzene Exposure Symptoms
Numerous cancers are linked to the chemical.
Benzene lawsuits focus on those who have been exposed to Benzene and developed cancer thereafter. Are you showing symptoms a year or more after exposure?
Benzene exposure Lawsuit
Benzene is a colorless liquid chemical compound that is generally found in oil, gasoline, cigarette smoke and vehicle emissions, and is a byproduct of the burning of coal. However, Benzene is most commonly used in the manufacturing of certain plastic and rubber products.
Beginning in the mid-1990’s up until the present day, lawsuits involving benzene exposure have surged. The vast majority of these suits fall under three types: occupational exposure (exposure at work), claims based on benzene leaks, and suits filed over the presence of benzene in soft drinks.
Exposure to benzene can be dangerous. Workers who are regularly exposed to benzene are prone to a number of serious health problems. There are regulations in place designed to limit the exposure of individuals to benzene. When these regulations are not obeyed, the results can be tragic. Workers who were exposed to benzene and were later diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are filing lawsuits against manufacturers. Some have earned millions of dollars in compensation for their suffering. We are currently investigating potential Benzene lawsuits. People can be exposed to benzene in a wide variety of settings including, but not limited to:
- The workplace
- In the home
- Drinking contaminated water (leaks from underground storage tanks)
- Certain soft drinks
- Simply breathing air with trace amounts of the chemical (from tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, gas stations, hazardous waste sites and industrial emissions)
Though low levels of benzene exposure is not proven to cause health problems, industrial workers or people that live near sites where high levels of benzene can be found may be exposed to unsafe levels of the chemical. Benzene is used in the manufacturing of plastics, nylon, synthetic fibers, detergents, pesticides and other chemicals. Industries that tend to use high levels of benzene include plastics and rubber manufacturing, oil refineries, chemical plants, shoe manufacturers and gasoline related industries. People who work in these industries run a significantly higher risk of being exposed to dangerous levels of benzene.
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The first lawsuits involving benzene exposure emerged from occupational exposure. In these types of suits, a worker or group of workers allege that long-term exposure on the job has caused illnesses such as cancer or anemia. The usual claims in these types of cases include:
- Product liability claims – a product containing benzene is dangerous and the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning or instructions for proper handling of the product.
- Unsafe working condition claims – employers failed to provide safe working conditions by having them work around dangerous chemicals or products, or neglecting to provide safety equipment such as ventilation systems
- Failed protective equipment – employer-provided equipment used to eliminate or reduce workers’ exposure to benzene failed to work properly
Side effects of benzene exposure
When people are exposed to benzene, both in the short and long-term, it can result in serious health complications. The following health issues have been reported:
- Cancer (the Department of Health classifies it as a carcinogen)
- Reproductive issues
- Immune system damage
- Death (from extremely high levels)
- Irregular heartbeat
- Stomach aches/Vomiting
Benzene lawsuit information
These lawsuits are brought on behalf of people who have been exposed to benzene through leaks or spills on products that contain the chemical. An example of this type of claim would be when an underground storage tank containing oil or gasoline leaks into the water supply of nearby neighborhoods, and residents claim that the contaminated water or even airborne benzene causes serious health issues, prompting a multitude of individual lawsuits. In recent years, a number of lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs who allege that benzene exposure has caused serious health problems, even some deaths. Some notable Benzene cases include:
- Rust-Oleum, Turtle Wax Benzene Lawsuit (Benzene Leaks): A woman from Wood River, Illinois was diagnosed with lymphoma after being exposed to benzene leaks into the air and spills into the groundwater from Rust-Oleum and Turtle Was manufacturing plants. As a result of the lymphoma, she has suffered pain, massive medical expenses and chemotherapy treatment. She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and requested a trial by jury.
- Railroad Worker Benzene Exposure Lawsuit (Occupational Exposure, Unsafe Working Conditions): A railroad worker in Illinois was exposed to creosote and benzene daily for years which caused him to develop acute myeloid leukemia, according to his doctor. The man was responsible for picking up and dropping off railroad ties, which were “soaking wet” with creosote, which contains benzene. After complaining to his bosses, his lawyers say he was eventually given a hard hat and gloves – safety equipment which would do little to no good in protecting against benzene exposure. His lawsuit was filed in December, 2010, and the man was awarded $7.5 million in damages and medical expenses.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to or injured by benzene, contact the lawyers at My Vaccine Lawyer to learn if you are entitled to compensation at (800) 229 - 7704.
Page last reviewed and updated: May 9, 2022