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Benzene Poisoning

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Benzene is a chemical often found in products such as rubber, paint and plastics. It is also common in products derived from gasoline, petroleum, coal and other fuels.

Exposure to even the smallest amounts of benzene can be hazardous to both workers and civilians who come into contact with this chemical. Some of the most common sources of benzene exposure include industrial fumes and pollution of water, soil and air from toxic factory emissions.

There are many workers within various industries at risk for being exposed to benzene, as it is common in a number occupational settings and can be found within products such as pharmaceuticals, dyes, explosives, detergents and other products.

Exposure typically occurs when a worker inhales the toxic vapors from solvents containing benzene, but it can also be absorbed through skin contact.

Benzene is classified under the EPA’s Risk Assessment Guidelines of 1986 as a Group A “known” human carcinogen. This means exposure to benzene is capable of causing cancer, leukemia being the most common form. Additional side effects and diseases include:

  • Problems with blood and bone marrow production
  • Immune, nervous and reproductive system damage
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • Hairy cell leukemia (HCL)
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplaspic syndrome (MDS)
  • Hodgkin’s Disease 

Short term effects of benzene include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion
  • Anemia
  • Increase in pulse

If you are suffering from a disease caused by benzene exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for any damages caused by your illness. Get your free consultation today or contact our chemical exposure lawyers by calling 855-800-0093.