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Benzene Exposure Attorneys

Hazardous Chemical

One hazardous chemical to which many workers are exposed is benzene, a clear, colorless, highly flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It has also been referred to as benzol, cyclohexatriene, phenyl hydride, and coal tar naphtha. The Department of Health and Human Resources lists benzene as a known human carcinogen.


What is Benzene?

Benzene is used primarily to make other chemicals that are in turn used to make plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers. Benzene is also an important ingredient in some rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, pesticides, and petroleum.  

It also is used, though with decreasing frequency, in paints, solvents, thinners, inks, and adhesives.  Although benzene’s use in paints and solvents is becoming less common, traces of it may still be present as a contaminant.

Who might be exposed to Benzene?

Persons most likely exposed to benzene include workers who work in plants that manufacture benzene, workers who work in plants that use benzene, workers who work in industries that produce or utilize materials containing benzene, and people who live near plants or factories that produce or use benzene.

Some examples include: solvent producers, paint and varnish producers, laboratory technicians, chemical workers, painters, and those engaged in degreasing operations.

If you or your loved one has been exposed to these environments and has developed aplastic anemia or leukemia as a result, consult a benzene exposure lawyer at Wallace & Graham to learn about the possible compensation.


How might someone be exposed to Benzene?

Exposure to benzene occurs in several ways. It can be inhaled, ingested through contaminated food or water, or absorbed through the skin.

In the workplace, the most likely sources of exposure are inhalation of vapors or by contact with the skin. When working with benzene or products containing benzene, workers should use personal protection equipment such as safety glasses and gloves and work in well-ventilated areas.

What are the health risks associated with over-exposure to Benzene?

Breathing benzene at high levels can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, and unconsciousness.

Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause more serious illnesses, such as aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder marked by a reduction in white blood cells, myelofibrosis, a disorder that affects that body’s ability to form healthy blood cells, and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood forming organs resulting in the body’s failure to produce enough blood cells.

In many cases, it is recommended that you file a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the particular state, your personal injury lawyer might have to file this suit very soon to comply with the state’s statutes of limitations. However, a personal injury lawsuit is not always necessary as sometimes sizeable compensation can be secured without the need for a lawsuit.    

Please call Wallace & Graham at (800) 849-5291, for more information regarding the possibility of obtaining compensation for your injuries.