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Benzene FAQ

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about benzene exposure and lawsuits filed by people who developed cancer.

Benzene is a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) that is used in many products including paints, inks, adhesives, rubbers, glues, old spot removers, and furniture wax. Prolonged exposure to benzene has been linked to severe health problems including Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured by benzene exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What is Benzene Used For?

Benzene is a chemical compound found in oil, gasoline, cigarette smoke, and vehicle emissions. It is also widely used in the manufacturing of certain plastic and rubber products.

What’s the Problem?

Inhaling small amounts of benzene can cause nausea, dizziness and headaches, while inhaling larger amounts can lead to tremors, unconsciousness, confusion and death. Individuals with long-term benzene exposure may develop anemia, leukemia, excessive bleeding or a weakened immune system.

How Does Benzene Exposure Occur?

Those at the greatest risk for benzene-related illnesses are workers exposed to the chemical on a daily basis. Workers most likely to have prolonged exposure include auto mechanics, chemical and petroleum industry workers, printers, painters, railroad workers, rubber workers and seamen.

What are the Side Effects of Benzene Exposure?

  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Hairy Cell Leukemia
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Hematologic Cancers
  • And more

Is it Still Legal to Use Benzene?

Although the U.S. government banned the use of benzene in its pure form as a solvent more than 20 years ago, the chemical is still used to make solvents, degreasers, mineral spirits, plastics, rubber products, resins, glues, dyes, detergents, pesticides and a variety of other products.

How Do I Know if my Condition was Caused by Benzene Exposure?

If you developed any of the health problems listed in this article and feel benzene toxicity may be to blame, you should contact our lawyers for a free case evaluation. We will look at the details of your case and explore the evidence to determine whether benzene may have caused your disease. We then provide your history and medical records to an expert in this area. This expert will study your case to determine whether benzene was a factor in the development of your injury.

What Damages Could I be Awarded?

If our lawyers determine that you have a valid claim, you may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses and other damages. If the conduct that caused the injury was egregious, you may also be entitled to an award of punitive damages. In the case of a patient’s death, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

Toxic tort lawsuits require filing with the court within a designated time period, the so-called “statute of limitations.” Failure to file a claim within this designated time frame will result in an elimination of a victim’s right to recovery under the law. Contact our lawyers today to learn more about how long you have to file a Benzene lawsuit.

Do I Have a Benzene Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in benzene exposure lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if were injured by the side effects of benzene toxicity, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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