Benzene is among the most produced – and dangerous – chemicals in the US.
Benzene, a highly-flammable liquid and hazardous vapor, has played a significant role in American industry and consumer products. However, its impact on American workers and culture has been marred by benzene’s hazardous health effects. Benzene is among the top 20 chemicals produced by volume in the US.
The first documented cases of benzene-causing illnesses were in the 1920s. But it wasn’t until almost 1980 that benzene’s health hazards were officially recognized. Prolonged exposure to natural or manufactured benzene has been linked to the development of serious illnesses, including AML, MDS, leukemia, lymphomas, and other blood-related cancers. Additionally, it can cause disorders of the bone marrow and adverse effects on the immune system. Many American workers exposed to benzene have experienced devastating health consequences.
These workers and other people recklessly exposed to benzene deserve compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. However, they have to fight to get the money they deserve. For more than 30 years, the Ferrell Law Group has been helping victims of exposure to benzene, asbestos, and other toxic substances seek justice and compensation through claims and lawsuits.
We know how to tell when benzene exposure has happened and legal action should be taken. Here’s what everyone needs to understand about benzene.
How does benzene exposure happen?
Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical in crude oil, gasoline, and other petroleum-based products. It is also used as a solvent in various industries, including rubber manufacturing, plastics production, and chemical synthesis. Additionally, benzene can be found in consumer products such as adhesives, paints, and detergents.
Exposure to benzene can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Workers in industries that use or produce benzene-containing products are at the highest risk. These industries include petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, rubber production, printing, and painting, among many others.
Moreover, residents living near industrial sites or areas with high levels of air pollution may also face exposure to benzene. It is important to note that benzene can also contaminate water sources, potentially affecting communities and the environment.
How does benzene cause diseases and health problems?
Benzene does damage by causing cells to malfunction. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells or damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Signs of benzene exposure can vary depending on the duration and level of exposure. These may include:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat.
If individuals experience any of these symptoms, they should seek immediate medical attention. A doctor can diagnose and evaluate the potential impact of benzene exposure and, if necessary, start treatment.
Compensation for benzene exposure victims
The Ferrell Law Group has recovered millions of dollars for clients nationwide. To see if you have a potential case, schedule a free and confidential consultation. A member of our team can listen to you, answer your questions, and give you the information you need so that you can decide what to do next. There is no cost or obligation to hire. Contact us today to see how we can help you.