Illinois and Missouri Benzene Exposure Attorneys
Although benzene was banned in the mid 1970s, its impact is still being felt by people today. If you or a loved one is suffering from acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), eliminated non-Hodgkins lymphoma or other industrial diseases caused by benzene exposure, you may have the right to pursue compensation. We can help.
For a free consultation about illnesses caused by benzene exposure, contact our lawyers at 866-678-9673. No payment until we win your case.
At the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey, P.C., We have over 70 years of combined experience helping people in Illinois, Missouri, southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, including cities such as Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Collinsville, Paducah, Memphis, Keokuk, Burlington, Des Moines, Alton, Wood River, and East St. Louis.
We have built a strong record for success helping people who have been injured due to negligence or chemical exposure on the job site. In fact, we have recovered millions for our injured clients. We will fight to get you the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other costs.
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Benzene is a liquid chemical that causes several types of leukemia, most closely linked to acute myelogenous leukemia. Benzene was often used as a solvent and cleaning agent until the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1971. Benzene was used in a wide variety of paints, cleaning products, dry cleaning solvents, and more, including Benzol 90. OSHA enacted standards for exposure to benzene, effectively banning its use as a pure solvent and degreaser. However, people are still exposed to benzene because it is a contaminant in many other products and is used as an intermediate substance in the synthesis of chemicals. Benzene exposure can occur by breathing in fumes or by absorption through skin. People have faced exposure to benzene include autobody workers, steel mill workers, refinery workers, and other people who worked in industrial or factory settings.
INDUSTRIES AT RISK
If you work in the following industries, you may have been exposed to dangerous levels of benzene:
- Automotive body shops. Benzene was formerly used as a paint solvent and is still a component of solvents such as xylene, toluene, naphtha, mineral spirits, and VM&P naptha used in painting.
- Chemicals. Benzene is a building block in the synthesis of many chemicals, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and plastics, manufactured around the country.
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- Petroleum refining. Benzene is a component of crude oil. Large quantities of benzene are produced during the process of refining crude oil into gasoline,.htmlhalt, kerosene, and other petroleum distillates.
- Steel mills. Benzene is formed in coke ovens.
Several types of cancer have been linked to exposure to benzene.
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Benzene also causes Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), formerly called “pre-leukemia”, a condition similar to anemia.
The attorneys at Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey, P.C. have many years of experience in helping people injured by dangerous substances obtain the compensation they deserve from those responsible for their injuries. If you or a loved one was exposed to benzene and has leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), or aplastic anemia, contact us at 866-678-9673 for a free initial consultation with an experienced benzene exposure lawyer.