A benzene lawsuit may be filed for those with acute myelogenous leukemia AML, MDS, and NHL. In a lawsuit for injuries due to benzene exposure, injured party may be entitled to seek actual and punitive damages in these lawsuits. In benzene lawsuits, the benzene manufacturers, suppliers, refineries and others may be sued. Frequently, clients with AML leukemia, MDS, or AA were unaware of their past exposure to benzene until after extensive investigation and research.
Before filing a benzene lawsuit, the product ID is a must. This can be a time consuming process, therefore leukemia patients need to contact a benzene lawyer to discuss their legal rights before filing a benzene lawsuit, or claim. If this is done as soon as possible from the date of their diagnosis, it allows adequate time for proper identification and case investigation before a lawsuit is filed.
Benzene Exposure in the Work Place
Research has shown benzene to be a carcinogen (cancer causing substance). With exposures from less than 5 years to more than 30 years, individuals have developed, and died from, leukemia. Long-term benzene exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. According to research, as many as 238,000 people may be occupationally exposed to benzene in the United States. Individuals employed in industries that make or use benzene may be exposed to the highest levels of benzene.
These industries include benzene production (petrochemicals, petroleum refining and coke and coal chemical manufacturing), rubber tire manufacturing and storage or transport of benzene and petroleum products containing benzene. Other workers who may be exposed to benzene because of their occupations include: laboratory technicians, auto mechanics, gasoline aviation fuel & jet fuel transporters, pipefitter welders, chemical plant workers, steel workers, paper and wood pulp workers, denture adhesives, printers, rubber workers, shoe makers, firefighters, gasoline truck drivers, pipe fitters, refinery workers, oilfield & oilrig workers, ship & maritime workers and gas station employees.
Benzene Related Leukemia
AML leukemia or Acute Myelogenous Leukemia is also known by several other names including acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia. AML is not inherited or contagious. AML develops when there is a defect in the immature cells in the bone marrow. The exact cause of AML is unknown, but some environmental factors are linked with AML, including exposure to radiation and benzene. AML occurs in all ages but more often in older adults. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) symptoms result from the body not producing enough healthy blood cells. Healthy bone marrow makes blood-forming cells that grow into the three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. An AML patient's bone marrow makes too many blast cells (immature white blood cells). Normal blast cells turn into a type of white blood cell called granulocytes, but the leukemia blast cells do not. At the same time, the marrow cannot grow enough normal red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases that affect the bone marrow and blood. About 12,000 new cases of MDS are diagnosed in the United States each year. Although children and young adults can have MDS, most MDS patients are over age 60. About twice as many men as women have the disease. The cause of MDS is not completely known, but some studies have linked it to exposure to pesticides, herbicides and the chemical benzene, which is found in unleaded gasoline. MDS is sometimes called myelodysplasia, preleukemia or smoldering leukemia.
Benzene Lawsuits – Talk to a Benzene Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) or mesothelioma then you need to consult with an attorney to discuss a potential benzene exposure lawsuit. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, with 30+ years of experience. Call 1-800-883-9858 or click the link below.