When an employee is negligently exposed to benzene resulting in disease, cancer or wrongful death, the employee or surviving family members are entitled to compensation for their losses. At Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson & Gaughan, LLC we have extensive experience representing victims in complex claims involving benzene exposure and cancer.
We have significant experience in benzene exposure cases and have established a reputation for results. Our lawyers know how to prove exposure at industrial sites and know how to resolve cases without litigation when it best serves a client’s interests. If however, your case requires a trial, the firm is equipped to do exactly that. The firm successfully handled, to a multi-million dollar verdict, the leading benzene exposure cancer case in Louisiana Warren v. Sabine Towing. Contact us for an initial consultation and case evaluation. Choose your lawyer carefully.
Occupational exposure to benzene
Workers in petroleum refineries and workers involved in the transportation of benzene and products that contain benzene face serious health risks, including cancer. Benzene exposure is an occupational hazard to those involved in the transportation of benzene, gas or crude oil by truck, barge or railroad. Other high-risk groups include workers who are involved in the production of plastics, paints, rubber, resins, detergents, lubricants, drugs or pesticides, as well as those in the synthetic materials and printing industries. Anyone who works in an industry that produces or uses benzene will be exposed to higher levels of the chemical than the general population.
Our firm has litigated many dozens of benzene cancer-related cases. These include cases for industrial plant workers, seamen aboard a variety of vessels, and truck drivers. In preparing these cases for trial, we have forced the oil companies to turn over hundreds of thousands of documents, which prove these companies’ culpability and fault in wrongfully exposing our clients to benzene. We have been able to create a computer-based library of millions of documents, giving us immediate access in preparing any case related to benzene exposure.
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a highly flammable, clear, colorless, sweet-smelling liquid used in the production of plastics, paints, rubber, resins, detergents, lubricants, drugs, pesticides and synthetic fabrics. Benzene is predominantly found in petroleum refineries and is a naturally occurring component of gasoline and raw crude oil.
Benzene Health Effects and Related Diseases
Long-term occupational exposure to benzene has been associated with several diseases, including Aplastic Anemia, Leukemia (AML, CML, CLL), Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), and conditions characterized by the suppression of the immune system such as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL).
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) called acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute granulocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, and ANLL is a cancer of the blood-forming tissues that forms an excess of immature white blood cells in the bone marrow and blood. Defendants in the benzene cases have long taken the position that the only form of cancer that can be caused by benzene is AML and not other cancers of the blood. Our firm has been able to prove that this is not true and has been able to link numerous blood cancers and other blood disorders to long-term benzene exposure.
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (also called CML or Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia) is a form of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many white blood cells.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (also called CLL) is a blood and bone marrow disease that usually gets worse slowly and is the second most common type of leukemia in adults. It often occurs during or after middle age; it rarely occurs in children.
Multiple Myeloma (also known as Myeloma or Plasma Cell Myeloma) is a slowly progressing blood and bone marrow disease that usually occurs during or after middle age and rarely occurs in children. It is a cancer of the plasma cell, an important part of the immune system that produces immunoglobulins (antibodies) to help fight infection and disease.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (also known as Myelodysplasia or MDS) is a group of disorders in which the bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells and there are abnormal (blast) cells in the blood and/or bone marrow. It is a condition that may or may not progress to cancer.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just as Lymphoma) is a cancer of the blood-forming organs that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system.