Benzene Lawsuits - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

A benzene lawsuit may be filed for those with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), MDS, and AA. In a benzene lawsuit, benzene workers are often 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 location(s) and product(s) of known, and suspected, benzene exposure must be identified. 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.

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What is Benzene?

Benzene is a clear, non-corrosive and highly flammable liquid. Benzene is colorless and has a strong sweet odor. It is used primarily to make other chemicals and plastics, and benzene is commonly found in solvents and degreasers. Benzene is widely used in the United States; it ranks in the top twenty chemicals for production volume. Benzene is commonly used in the dye, dry cleaning and petroleum industries. Some industries use benzene to make other chemicals which are used to make plastics, resins, nylon and synthetic fibers. Benzene is also used to make some types of drugs, rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents and pesticides. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil, gasoline, diesel exhaust and some industrial smoke.

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, mechanics, chemical plant workers, steel workers, paper and wood pulp workers, printers, rubber workers, shoe makers, firefighters, gasoline truck drivers, pipe fitters, refinery workers, 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 (See other Types of Benzene Related 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) 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 over 25 years of experience. Call for a free confidential benzene lawsuit evaluation or click the link below and fill out our free online case evaluation form.

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