Benzene

  • The Problem: There is a studied correlation between exposure to Benzene and the development of cancer.”Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services list Benzene as a ‘known human carcinogen”. 

  • The Response: Cases are being collected of individuals who were exposed to Benzene in the workplace and have developed cancer.

  • What Can We Do to Help: Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and advise you if filing a case is in your best interest.

The attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault are investigating allegations that companies knew of and intentionally withheld the risks involved in Benzene exposure. According to a report from the Center for Public integrity in 2014, some industrial companies knew of the correlation between Benzene and cancer as early as 1948. The report also states that companies spent tens of millions of dollars to conduct research that affirmed the safety of Benzene, but these reports were based on information and samples from the companies themselves.

The National Cancer Institute has found that there may not even be a safe level of Benzene exposure.

Many industries involve the use of Benzene. This is why it is one of the 20 most common chemicals used in the country. Exposure to Benzene for a year or more has been proven to increase the chances of developing blood-related cancers. In fact, ”Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services list benzene as a ‘known human carcinogen’”. A carcinogen is a substance that is proven to cause cancer or aids its growth in the body. There is a federal limit on workplace Benzene exposure, but many believe it is still too high.  Some possible occupations that are known to expose employees to Benzene for a year or longer include:

Jobs and Industries with Risks of Long-Term Benzene Exposure

  • Adhesive production workers
  • Barge and dock workers
  • Chemical workers
  • Factory workers who use solvents
  • Installers who use glues and solvents
  • Mechanics or auto body workers
  • Oil rig workers
  • Painters
  • Paper and pulp workers
  • People who work around gasoline
  • People who work with pesticides
  • Pipeline workers
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Railroad workers
  • Refinery workers
  • Rubber workers
  • Shoe and leather workers
  • Synthetic rubber workers
  • Truck Drivers

Over the last few decades, individuals who have been employed in such industries have attained million-dollar verdicts and jury awards regarding such cases. If you or someone you know has been employed in a workplace that necessitated exposure to Benzene without properly informing of the risks and later developed cancer, contact us today. Find out if you can seek compensation for your injuries by completing our free case evaluation, or please contact our firm at 1-800-Gallon1 (1-800-425-5661). We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.