Benzene is a carcinogen that is capable of causing various forms of cancer.  The dangerous side effects of Benzene usually affects those individuals who work in industrial settings along with those who manufacture Benzene or use it in their daily routine.  I feel it is important to keep the readers of this blog informed about serious healthcare issues so they can seek proper representation and care.  Individuals exposed to benzene should immediately report the exposure to their employer and seek immediate medical assistance.  Those who wish to file a lawsuit for their benzene related illnesses can file a lawsuit within two years of discovering their illness.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a clear, colorless and highly flammable aromatic liquid.  Benzene is commonly used in industrial settings, as a solvent in paints, dyes, detergents, nylon, plastics, drugs and pesticides.  It is also present in crude oil, gasoline and cigarette smoke.

Health Hazards Associated With High Levels of Benzene Exposure:

  • Leukemia cancer
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death
  • Myelofibrosis and Myelodysplastic syndrome

Health Hazards Associated With Small Amounts of Benzene Exposure:

  • Temporary nervous system disorders
  • Immune system depression
  • Anemia
  • Skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritation
  • Headache
  • Stomach irritation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Where and How Does One Become Exposed to High Levels of Benzene?

  • Rubber industry
  • Oil refineries
  • Chemical plants
  • Shoe manufacturing industry
  • Gasoline storage, shipment, and retail stations
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Automobile exhaust
  • Gasoline filling stations
  • Industrial emissions
  • Food products that contain benzene naturally
  • Glues
  • Paints
  • Furniture wax
  • Adhesives
  • Detergents
  • Ethyl benzene and styrene­ production facilities may release benzene into the surrounding air
  • Petroleum refineries may release benzene into the surrounding air
  • Chemical manufacturing plants may release benzene into the surrounding air

To learn more about benzene and benzene related illnesses, visit our Frequently Asked Question’s page.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

If you or a loved one has been harmed by benzene exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  You should contact an attorney to determine whether you have a valid legal claim.  A qualified benzene attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your benzene related illness.