Benzene Exposure and Cancer
The link between benzene exposure and cancer is real. Benzene causes cancer. If you or a loved one were exposed to benzene and diagnosed with cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Some benzene lawsuits end with verdicts awarding millions of dollars to plaintiffs. An experienced benzene attorney can help you understand and protect your legal rights.
What is Benzene?
Benzene, one of the most widely used chemicals, is a liquid that is colorless and flammable. It evaporates in the air and slightly dissolves in water.
Benzene is used in making plastics, pesticides, detergents, lubricants, rubbers, dyes and other chemicals. It is naturally found in gasoline, crude oil and cigarette smoke.
How Does Benzene Exposure Occur?
Exposure to low levels of benzene can occur indoors or out. Breathing gasoline and exhaust fumes, industrial emissions and tobacco smoke exposes you to benzene. Using products made with the chemical can expose you to it.
The real threat, however, comes from breathing in high level doses of the chemical and from prolonged exposure. It can also be absorbed through the skin if coming in contact with it. Your risk of such benzene exposure is possible if you’re:
- Working in an industry that makes or uses benzene
- Near an industrial plant that makes or uses benzene and a release occurs
- Using well water contaminated with benzene from leaks in underground storage tanks or hazardous waste sites
- Eating food or drinking beverages with high levels of benzene
- Near an oil spill
Occupational Benzene Exposure and Cancer Risks
Benzene exposure and cancer risks become higher when working in industries such as oil refineries and chemical plants. Long term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause leukemia. Short term exposure at high levels can cause serious illness and death.
Benzene Exposure, Cancer and Lawsuits
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer or suffered other serious illness or death believed to be caused from benzene exposure, you could be entitled to compensation for the harm caused. If you are not sure if exposure occurred, or if your case could be proven, an experienced attorney can help. Contact attorneys with Watts Guerra now to discuss your legal options.