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Benzene and solvent exposure is a major cause of several blood-related cancers and diseases, including:
Toxic benzene and solvent exposure is a hazard for many occupations, including:
Chemical industry workers
Petroleum industry workers
Printing industry workers
Rubber industry workers
Seamen on barges or cargo vessels
If you (or a loved one) have developed Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) or Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) and you’ve worked in one of these occupations, you may be entitled to compensation from the benzene and solvent producers that contributed to causing your illness. To learn more, contact the occupational exposure advocates with Allen Stewart, P.C. We’re here to help.
Benzene and solvent hazards known to industry for decades
For workers in occupations with a risk for benzene and solvent exposure, blood diseases are no random accident. Since 1928, medical experts have publicized the link between benzene exposure and leukemia. In 1938, it was well known that printing industry workers exposed to benzene and solvents on the job suffered from high levels of blood disease. And by 1948, an American Petroleum Institute study warned that there is no guaranteed “safe” level of benzene.
Benzene and solvent widely used despite occupational cancer risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that benzene causes cancer in humans. Unfortunately, even knowing the dangers, companies still choose to make, sell and use hazardous benzene and solvent products containing benzene. In fact, benzene is one of the 20 most commonly used chemicals in the United States. Although the U.S. government banned the use of pure benzene as a solvent more than two decades ago, companies continue to include solvents containing benzene in a vast array of industrial products, including degreasers, mineral spirits, chemicals, rubber products, resins, plastics, detergents, glues, dyes, pesticides and gasoline products. You will also find benzene in petroleum-based solvents, such as xylene, toluene and mineral spirits. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these solvents often decide not to tell workers that they are at risk for benzene exposure while working with or around these solvents.
How benzene and solvent causes occupational cancer
A colorless liquid, benzene can quickly evaporate once released into the workspace. Workers are most commonly exposed to benzene that is contained in solvents by inadvertently inhaling the fumes or through direct contact with the skin. One of the reasons that benzene containing solvents are so dangerous is that it can be several years from the time workers are exposed to the time they develop AML, multiple myeloma, MDS or NHL.
Many solvents contain benzene
Although today many consumer products do not contain benzene as an added ingredient, petroleum companies and solvent manufacturers often fail to inform users of their products that benzene is, in fact, contained within their products. The petroleum companies and solvent manufacturers know that benzene is in their products containing petroleum distillates because benzene is routinely found within petroleum distillates and is not entirely removed from such products before they are sold to consumers.
How to find out if your blood cancer was caused by occupational exposure to benzene and solvent
Doctors who diagnose and treat AML, multiple myeloma, MDS and NHL are not always aware that occupational exposure to benzene and solvents contributed to cause the disease. Their focus is properly on getting you better, not deciphering who or what is to blame. When the occupational cancer advocates at Allen Stewart, P.C. evaluate our potential clients’ claims, the first thing we do is to investigate your work history for potential benzene and solvent exposure and consult with experts who understand the relationship between occupational benzene and solvent exposure and blood cancers and diseases to determine whether benzene and solvent exposure contributed to causing your injuries.
Important information about filing a benzene and solvent lawsuit
If your illness was caused by your wrongful exposure to benzene and solvents on the job, you deserve to be compensated. But we understand that everything changes when you’re diagnosed with a blood cancer or disease. Your primary focus at this point has to be your health, not a lawsuit. That’s why we’re here to help. Our job is to gather from you the information we need to evaluate your case and then keep you informed of, but not burdened by, developments in your case. As you consider whether to pursue a lawsuit for compensation, there are a few important matters you should be aware of.
Statute of limitations. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim. In most states, this time period is called a “statute of limitations.” In Louisiana, it’s known as the “prescriptive period.” Getting started on a lawsuit as soon as you become aware of the relationship between your disease and your occupational exposure to benzene and solvents is crucial. The sooner you speak with a lawyer about your occupational background, the sooner it can be determined if your AML, multiple myeloma, MDS or NHL is related to benzene and solvent exposure. It’s also best to launch an investigation early-on to pinpoint the companies responsible for your exposure. Protect your own and your family’s legal rights by acting sooner rather than later.
Discovery rule. The devastating effects of occupational benzene and solvent exposure may not show up right away. Many of our clients have blood-related cancers and diseases caused by benzene and solvent exposure that occurred years earlier. They often worry that it may be too late to file a lawsuit. In most cases, this is not a problem. Many states have what’s called a “discovery rule,” meaning that the time limit for filing a lawsuit doesn’t begin until you know or you should have known that your illness was caused by your exposure to benzene and solvents at work. Usually, the time does not begin to run until a doctor diagnoses you and tells you that your illness is caused by benzene and solvent exposure.
About the occupational cancer advocates with Allen Stewart, P.C.
Allen Stewart, P.C. is an experienced occupational cancer trial firm. Our attorneys are committed to representing workers harmed by the wrongdoing of big corporations that care more about profits than safety. For decades we have represented people with cancer caused by toxic exposures on the job. We approach every case with experience, commitment and passion. And it shows. Our significant victories on behalf of working men and women across the nation have been recognized by the legal profession through awards and certifications. To learn more about the occupational exposure advocates with Allen Stewart, P.C., contact us. We’re here to help.
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