Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical in the environment. For decades benzene has been used in manufacturing processes. According to the American Cancer Society, “benzene is a solvent used in the rubber industry, oil refineries, chemical plants, shoe manufacturing, and gasoline-related industries, and is also found in cigarette smoke, gasoline and motor vehicle exhaust, and some glues, cleaning products, detergents, art supplies, and paints.” Limited exposure to benzene may not cause any ill effects, but research has shown that prolonged exposure to benzene, especially at high levels, may contribute to the development of certain health disorders.
The two main health disorders associated with prolonged benzene exposure are Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). According to the MDS Foundation, MDS is called the “bone marrow failure disorder” as the bone marrow’s ability to produce healthy blood cells is hindered. This disorder largely affects older adults over the age of 65 but has been diagnosed in those younger. The National Cancer Institute says that AML is a cancer of the bone marrow which causes abnormal production of blood cells and platelets. The greatest level of prolonged exposure has occurred in the industries that produce benzene or use benzene in their manufacturing process.
Federal and state governments have begun regulating benzene exposure in both the workplace and environment, but many have been subjected to prolonged exposure to the chemical and it is affecting their health. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Brock & Stout for a free consultation to see if we can help you get compensation.