Exposure to benzene in the workplace presents a substantial risk of harm. This chemical is used in many oil based paints, degreasers, and gasoline as well as various solvents. Cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma can be caused by inhalation or if benzene enters the body via skin absorption. Cancers of the bone marrow, blood cells, and platelets can also develop. Other, less serious side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness can also result from exposure to benzene.
Our experienced team of environmental lawyers at Williams Cuker Berezofsky represent individuals who become ill from exposure to benzene in obtaining compensation for their injuries. Our firm works diligently to protect the legal rights of our clients while we aggressively pursue justice. With over 25 years of experience in representing clients in toxic tort lawsuits, we will help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to under the law.
Benzene is a hydrocarbon typically used as an ingredient in motor fuels, fats, waxes, resins, oils, inks, paints, plastics, and rubber.It is also used to remove oil from nuts and seed plants; in several types of printing processes; and in the production of laundry detergents, explosives, pharmaceuticals, and dyes.It is also found in the emissions of coal, oil, motor vehicle exhaust, and gasoline.
Industries carrying a high risk of benzene exposure include those that manufacture shoes, paints, adhesives, plywood, computer casings, CDs, dyes, and mineral spirits.Workers in plants that manufacture windows, agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, and glue are also at risk.Workers employed by producers of detergents, pesticides, packaging materials, and even soft drink beverages are also routinely exposed to benzene on the job.
Benzene is a known carcinogen to humans and even minor exposure can cause health problems. Mild exposure to benzene in the air can cause neurological problems such as headaches, dizziness, drowsiness,and vomiting. Contact with liquid benzene and benzene in the form of vapor can result in skin, eye, and upper respiratory irritation as well as blisters on the skin’s surface.
Chronic exposure to benzene can cause more serious injury and disease. Aplastic anemia, leukemia, lymphoma, excessive bleeding, and damage to the immune system. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) have also been found in workers exposed to benzene.
A chemical reaction between sodium benzoate (a preservative) and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) has been shown to produce benzene.These two ingredients are key in the production of many types of soft drinks and carbonated beverages.
Officials at the FDA note that exposure to heat and light can create a chemical reaction in soft drinks that increases the levels of benzene in these drinks.The federal laws on benzene levels in drinking water require a limit of five parts per billion. The FDA investigation found levels as high as 79 parts per billion in the Safeway Select Diet Orange beverage. Safeway has since reformulated its product to reduce the level of benzene to the federally mandated level.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer or another illness linked to exposure to benzene, you may be entitled to compensation.The experienced and knowledgeable Pennsylvania environmental lawyers at Williams Cuker Berezofsky understand the emotional, psychological, and financial impact for a worker that suffers illness due to exposure to workplace toxins.
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