Benzene Exposure Lawyer

Benzene Exposure Lawyers in Greater St. Louis and Metro-East Illinois

The benzene exposure lawyers at our greater St. Louis and Metro-East Illinois offices have dedicated long hours to the study of toxic exposure and are intimately aware of the devastating effects exposure to benzene can have on the body.  Benzene is a petroleum-based product that is commonly found in solvents, degreasers, drugs, rubber, lubricants, pesticides, detergents, and dyes.  When benzene enters the body, it can travel to the bone marrow and fatty tissues, causing a number of issues, the most serious of which are Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).

If you or someone you love has been the victim of benzene exposure at work, or suffers from benzene leukemia including MDS and AML, you may be entitled to significant compensation.  Contact us today to have your claim personally reviewed by a Benzene exposure lawyer at our St. Louis or Metro-East Illinois office.  We offer:

  • Free claim evaluations by a local Benzene exposure lawyer
  • Home and hospital visits anywhere in Missouri or Illinois
  • No fee unless we win your case

 


Benzene Exposure Side Effects

Benzene can enter the body through the skin, through inhalation, or through taking in contaminated food or water.  Once benzene enters the body, it is carried through the bloodstream to the bone marrow and fatty tissues, targeting the heart, brain, liver, kidney, and lung.  Benzene can also cause chromosomal damage and DNA strand breakage.  Common symptoms of short-term benzene exposure include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid pulse
  • Anemia
  • Nervous system damage
  • Tremors
  • Sleepiness
  • Immune system suppression
  • Rapid pulse

Many individuals who work in industries where benzene is used have suffered regular and prolonged benzene exposure.  Long-term benzene exposure side effects include:

  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS): When a person is infected with the group of diseases known as MDS, his or her bone marrow does not make enough healthy cells.
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML): AML is the most common type of acute leukemia.  This is a bone marrow disease that progresses slowly.  Other names for AML include acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute myeloblastic leukemia, and acute granulocytic leukemia.
  • Lymphoma:  Lympohoma is a group of cancers that attack the immune system, affecting cells in the lymphatic system.
  • Secondary Aplastic Anemia: This condition is the failure of the bone marrow to make enough blood cells
  • Reproductive System Damage


Occupational Benzene Exposure

Studies conducted as early as the 1920s linked benzene exposure to leukemia: companies have long known the dangers of benzene exposure, yet have still allowed workers to be exposed to this dangerous chemical.  The World Health Organization estimates that many thousands of deaths worldwide each year can be attributed to benzene exposure at work, and studies have shown that nearly 300,000 people are occupationally exposed to benzene every year.  Workers employed in the following industries, where benzene is made or used frequently, may have suffered regular and prolonged benzene exposure:

  • Oil refineries
  • Chemical plants
  • Shoe manufacturers
  • Rubber manufacturers
  • Gasoline companies
  • Painters
  • Pesticides manufacturers
  • Paper and pulp manufacturers
  • Printers
  • Adhesive production workers
  • Newspaper press workers
  • Dock workers
  • Offshore workers
  • Pipefitters


Contact a Benzene Exposure Lawyer

The benzene exposure lawyers at our St. Louis and Edwardsville offices understand the tragic effect a benzene leukemia diagnosis can have on a family.  We are proud to fight for justice on behalf of families and individuals who have become ill after benzene exposure, and we will do the same for you.  If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with leukemia after benzene exposure, you may be entitled to substantial compensation.  Contact a toxic benzene exposure lawyer in St. Louis or Edwardsville today for a free review of your claim.

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