Many auto body shops and general automotive repair facilities use benzene-containing products, and workers exposed to fumes from these products over a long period of time may be at an increased risk of developing severe health complications, including Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one is an auto mechanic who was injured by the side effects of benzene exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Auto Mechanic Files Benzene Cancer Lawsuit in Illinois
May 19, 2017 – An Illinois man who claims he developed multiple myeloma after years of working as an auto mechanic has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court. Plaintiff claims he was diagnosed with the disease as a result of prolonged exposure to carcinogens in diesel fuel, parts washer solvent, paint, belt dressings and more.
What’s the Problem?
There are numerous products used in automotive body shops that contain benzene or release fumes containing benzene when the products are being used. Many types of paint used for painting automobiles contain high amounts of benzene that may be released into the air when the painting is being done. The sealers and clear coats used to ensure that the paint remains bright also were manufactured using benzene and can release the chemical when being used. The solvents and cleaning agents used to clean the tools used in automotive painting also contain large amounts of benzene and are used to dissolve the unused paint and prevent it from adhering to the equipment.
These benzene-containing solvents may also be used to clean various automotive parts, such as brakes, hydraulic systems, and parts of the fuel system. These solvents are commonly used because they easily dissolve any built up grease and grime that may be present on these parts and will not damage the metal that was used to create the parts. Individuals that use the solvents to clean automotive parts are not only at risk for benzene exposure through breathing in the fumes, but also from having the benzene absorbed into the skin during use of the solvents. Although the benzene absorbed into the skin during each contact will be small, over time the damage to the body caused by these small amounts of benzene absorbed on a daily basis can have devastating effects on the body.
Individuals that work in automotive body shops may have a greatly increased risk of benzene exposure for several reasons. The biggest reason is the constant exposure to benzene-containing products in the workplace. Another reason is that a large number of automotive body shops are small, independently owned businesses located in small buildings. This allows the benzene fumes to accumulate in a much smaller area, allowing for a higher concentration per square foot if the area is not vented properly. The third reason is that many individuals that work in this industry are unaware of the dangers posed by long term benzene exposure and do not take the proper steps to ensure that their exposure to benzene is limited.
Do I have a Benzene Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Benzene lawsuits. We are handling individual and group litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Benzene cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one have been exposed to Benzene and developed a form of leukemia or other blood related disease, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.