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Benzene Side Effects and Long-Term Health Impact

Attorneys for Victims of Leukemia and Other Benzene-Related Diseases

Among thousands of toxic chemicals that industrial workers may encounter in performing their job duties, benzene stands out for its longtime recognition as a severe health hazard. Studies and literature linked benzene exposure to serious blood disorders as long ago as the late 1800s.

In 1948, the American Petroleum Institute – a trade association for oil companies – acknowledged serious "benzene poisoning" risks and that there was no safe level of benzene exposure. Since then, benzene has been identified as a known cancer-causing agent by many government agencies including OSHA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Established Links to Cancer and Serious Blood Disorders

In extensive American and international research studies, benzene exposure has been conclusively linked to cancers and blood diseases including:

  • Leukemia
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Lymphoma, including non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) – also sometimes described as preleukemia

Despite the development of various new safety standards and risk warnings over the years, benzene exposure has remained a major health concern for workers in a range of occupations. Refinery workers, barge workers, plastics manufacturing workers and others exposed to petrochemical products are among those at the greatest risk.

Consult Free With a Proven Benzene Exposure Injuries Lawyer

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with leukemia or another serious disease and you suspect toxic chemical exposure in the workplace was the cause, please contact our law firm today. Our trial-proven personal injury lawyers, based in Beaumont, Texas, and representing injured workers along the Gulf Coast and nationwide, will provide a free initial case evaluation focused on your case and your needs.