Exposure to benzene as well as other harmful chemicals and industrial solvents is a growing concern amongst employees of manufacturing facilities across the county. Exposure to benzene can result in harmful medical side effects including caners such as leukemia, blood disorders, reduced immune system, chronic infections and bone marrow loss.
Employees who have been suffered serious heath issues to exposure to benzene are entitled to compensation for their injuries including recovery for medical expenses, lost wages and long term disability care.
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Harmful Effects of Benzene Exposure
The harmful and cacogenic properties of benzene exposure (Cyclohexatriene, Benzol) have been well documented by the Center for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Benzene is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor that easily evaporates into air and dissolves in water. Because of its mass industrial application benzene is one of the most widely produced chemical agents in the United States. Industries which commonly use benzene include
- Production and refinement of crude oil into gasoline
- Transportation of gasoline and other petrochemical products
- Manufacturing of plastics and rubbers
- Manufacturing plants producing paint
- Part manufacturers and automotive workers
- Coking coal
- Production of toluene and xylene
- Use in the production of commercial and consumer products
- Producers of pharmaceutical drugs
- Welders and wire insulators
- Polish and varnish manufacturers
- Woodworking and paint stripping
Acute Effects of Toxic Benzene Exposure: Some of the most common early signs of exposure to benzen are as follows
- Drowsiness and dizziness
- Chronic headaches and e general since of nervousness
- General sense of confusion
- Passing out – loss of consciousness
- Vomiting, nausea and colic
- Flushed face
- Incoherent speech patterns
- Giddiness – similar to laughing gas
Effects of Long Term Exposure to Benzene
Long term exposure to benzene can result harmful medical complications including cancers and damages to the lymphoid system. Some of the most common symptoms from the daily inhalation of benzene include
- Loss of appetite
- Chronic headaches
- Weight loss
- Irritability and nervousness
- Bruise easily due to mild impact on the body
- Hemorrhage of the retinal
- Nose bleeds
- Increased phenol in the urine
Leukemia and other harmful effects of Benzene Exposure
Numerous studies have shown a substantial high causal links between chronic exposure to benzene and leukemia. According to the he Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), “benzene causes cancer in humans. Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, cancer of the blood-forming organs.” The specific type of leukemia caused by benzene exposure is called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Individuals who experience long periods of benzene exposure in the air can experience harmful effects to the tissues that form blood cells, particularly in the bone marrow. Decreased blood cell count often results in severe cases of anemia and damage to the immune system.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit instead of a Work Comp Claim
In some instances employees who have suffered serious medical complications due to acute or long term exposure to benzene will have the option of filing a personal injury cause of action instead of a workplace compensation claim. Personal injury lawsuit can be filed when injuries are the result of negligence or intentional conduct of a third party, (ie liable party is not the employer). Examples include lawsuits against manufacturers of defective industrial equipment resulting in the leakage and thus exposure to benzene.
Contacting an Attorney
If you been exposed to benzene and have suffered cancer or other serious medical complications you are entitled to compensation. Our attorneys are able provide you with the legal assistance required.
Further Information: Post Traumatic Stress Caused by Benzene Exposure