Benzene is found in a number of common petroleum solvents used by industrial workers. Even small amounts of benzene are dangerous and hazardous to workers. Exposure to petroleum solvents that contain benzene is common in many industries. Workers using solvents that contain benzene breathe in benzene vapors that evaporate from the solvents. Benzene is also absorbed through the skin when users come into contact with solvents. These exposures can cause serious illnesses, which sometimes go undetected or untreated.
Studies have shown that workers who use petroleum solvents containing benzene have an increased risk of developing certain cancers and blood diseases, usually many years after exposure to this material. Benzene is a known human carcinogen, and people who inhale or whose skin contacts benzene can experience harmful effects. There are many diseases associated with benzene exposure, such as acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic myelogenous leukimia (CML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), hairy cell leukemia (HCL), non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin's Disease, multiple myeloma, myelodysplaspic syndrome (MDS), and aplastic anemia.
Exposure to benzene, even in very small amounts, can cause the harmful effects noted above. If you are suffering from a disease caused by benzene, you may be entitled to compensation for your illness. Contact us to speak with a benzene attorney.