The industrial chemical Benzene has been linked to the development of many forms of cancer, particularly acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and aplastic anemia (AA).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one 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.
What’s the Problem?
Benzene is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) that is used as an industrial solvent and in the production of pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic rubber, and dyes. It has also been widely used as an additive in gasoline, though in recent years limits have been placed on the amount of benzene allowed in gasoline due to the negative health effects it has been associated with.
Which Occupations are Most at Risk for Benzene Exposure?
- Mechanic (auto, marine, aviation, etc.)
- Benzene production (petrochemicals, petroleum refining, and coke and coal chemical manufacturing)
- Tire manufacturing
- Printing industry
- Storage or transport of benzene and petroleum products containing benzene
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Short-Term Effects of Benzene
Breathing in high doses of benzene may affect the central nervous system (CNS), which can lead to:
Long-term exposure to benzene may result in:
- 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
- Bladder Cancer
- and more
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Statutes of limitations (SOLs) are time constraints that vary from state to state, specifying how long you have to file a claim over injuries caused by benzene exposure. Typically, the SOL begins when you receive a diagnosis of one of the above conditions, and elapses in 2 to 4 years.
This is why you need to speak to a qualified benzene attorney immediately if you feel you may have a case. Waiting to do so could bar you from obtaining compensation for your injury.
Can I File a Class Action?
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Workplace, and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm has decided against the filing of a Benzene Class Action lawsuit and is currently filing individual claims on behalf of individuals and/or their family members who have been injured by exposure to benzene.
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Do I Have a Chicago Benzene Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in benzene lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in Chicago, Illinois, and all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer or had other serious side effects from benzene exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.