Benzene, a clear liquid chemical, is so widely used that most people are exposed to it several times a day. But there can be dangerous and deadly effects on those who are exposed to benzene for long periods or at high levels. The Environmental Protection Agency has categorized benzene as a Class A carcinogen.
Benzene and health disorders
Benzene occurs naturally in the environment, but more threatening is that it is used in a wide variety of man-made products. Such products include solvents, plastics, detergents, synthetic fibers, rubber, dyes, paint and resins.
People who work with petroleum-based solvents inhale the vapors and are at an increased risk for being diagnosed with
acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
Benzene is responsible for a number of health disorders and is linked with various types of leukemia. Benzene exposure has been proven to cause respiratory problems, skin problems, blood disorders and cancers linked to AML, chronic myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, hairy cell leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndrome.
Benzene exposure and its many symptoms
The symptoms of benzene exposure are often non-specific, sometimes resembling the flu. People exposed to benzene may suffer fatigue, weakness, joint pain, weight loss, infection, fever, swollen glands, and abdominal swelling and pain. They are also subject to abnormal bleeding and bruising.
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about the side effects of benzene exposure.
If you or a loved one have been injured by exposure to benzene, you may be eligible to file a benzene lawsuit. Please contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP toll-free at (866) 275-4454 or fill out a free case evaluation to the top right of this page.