Benzene Exposure Lawyers
We all expect the products we buy each day to be safe for us and for the people we care about. Unfortunately, some of these products may be toxic to us if we are exposed to them for a large amount of time. If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with or died from a chronic illness and you believe benzene may be the reason then you need to talk to one of our Chattanoga benzene exposure lawyers at the Higgins Firm. We will review your case and determine if you may be eligible to receive any compensation. If you are eligible for compensation, we will work with you to make sure you get any compensation you may need for what you have suffered.What illnesses has Benzene exposure been linked to?
The most common and serious illness that benzene exposure has been linked to is leukemia, including Acute Myelogenous Leukemia also known as Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This type of leukemia affects the blood and bone marrow and can attack the body if it is not treated. Acute Myeloid Leukemia causes blood cells to not develop the way they should causing these cells to develop into white blood cells which attack the bone marrow, not leaving enough room for healthy cells to do what they are supposed to do. This can cause infections, bleeding and anemia.
Certain risk factors make you more likely to develop Acute Myeloid Leukemia. These risk factors can include: being male, smoking after sixty years of age, having chemotherapy or radiation treatment for another illness, exposure to benzene, and having a history of blood disorders in your family.What exactly is Benzene?
Benzene is a by product of coal and petroleum. It has been used in the United States in engines in order to prevent them from knocking. It has also been used in cleaning products, paint, plastic product, laundry or other detergent, bug spray as well as several other products.Who is most at risk of Benzene Exposure?
People who work in certain types of industries may be at an elevated risk of developing dangerous side effects related to benzene because they are often more likely to inhale these fumes or get it on their skin and absorb it into their body that way. People who work in industries such as the following may be at risk.
- making detergent
- making buy spray and other bug killing products
- the producing of gasoline
- the making of cleaning products
- the making of paint
- the product of rubber and rubber products
- people who work in waste management
- lab techs
- people who work on or around vehicles
- people who transport or clean tanks
- the making of adhesive products
If you believe that you or someone you work with may have been exposed to benzene, you should seek medical help right away. Doctors can perform tests to see if you have developed acute myeloid leukemia or another serious medical condition as a result of your exposure. After you have received a diagnosis from a doctor, you should contact a compassionate and knowledgeable benzene exposure lawyer with the Higgins Firm. We will review your case, answer any questions you may have and gather any additional medical records and evidence we may need for your case. We will work with you to see to it that you receive any compensation you may be entitled to by law for any injuries you have suffered.
Please contact us today online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.