Our Chicago personal injury attorneys read reports that indicate that as many as 238,000 workers may be exposed to a chemical known as benzene on a daily basis. Occupations involving oils, various pesticides, and other liquids are particularly apt to spend time around the substance. Painters, chemical workers, pesticide manufacturers, tankermen, truck drivers, and a variety of other employees often face significant benzene exposure over their workday.
Recently some of those workers have contacted a Benzene injury lawyer who filed and won damages based on the adverse consequences of benzene exposure. A variety of medical studies have begun finding evidence linking benzene with cancer. Specifically, those who were highly exposed have an increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia. In addition, a study examining 74,000 workers at 672 factories in 12 cities found that even those exposed to somewhat lower levels of benzene had elevated risks of hematologic neoplasms (the types of cancer that affect the blood bone marrow, and lymph nodes). Newer studies have also considered the role of the substance in causing Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Just as with asbestos lawsuits, there is usually a “latency” period between the time that one is exposed to the substance and the time that they begin to suffer disease from the chemical. This means that many victims of this exposure may not be aware of their vulnerability or, if they do develop cancer, fail to consider the role that their workplace exposure may have had.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti know that the causes of serious injury and illness are often difficult for victims to fully understand. We work with those who suspect that their illnesses may have been caused by things out of their control to which their employers or manufacturers should have been more aware. If you suspect you may have been harmed in this way, be sure to get in touch with a legal expert to share your story.
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