Benzene: a dangerous carcinogen linked to leukemia
As far back as 1948, the American Petroleum Institute (API) stated that the only way to keep safe from the dangers of benzene was to avoid its use entirely. The API explained, “it is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero.” The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has also acknowledged the risks associated with benzene exposure. In the same vein, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified benzene as a “Group A” known carcinogen. Benzene is known to greatly increase your chances of getting cancer, especially leukemia.
Cases involving Benzene exposure usually involve people who were exposed to Benzene without being informed of potential health risks and subsequently developed leukemia. Weitz & Luxenberg can help individuals in these cases get compensation. Contact us today.
How am I at risk?
The major sources of Benzene exposure for people in the United States are (Cdc.gov):
- Water pollution
- Tobacco smoke
- Car exhaust
- Automobile service stations
- Industrial fumes
In rare cases, Benzene has even been found in soft drinks. A 2006 FDA analysis of over 100 soft drinks in the United States found five contaminated with Benzene. These five had levels far greater than the standard for safe drinking (CBS News).
Benzene has also been found in some drinking water (EPA). This is because of poor disposal by the chemical plants and factories that handle the substance.
With millions of dollars in favorable verdicts and settlements in toxic torts, Weitz & Luxenberg is confident our attorneys can get compensation for those who have been stricken with leukemia from Benzene exposure.
An example of Benzene contamination
Tom’s seven-year-old daughter developed leukemia last year, and she is now in and out of the hospital most months. The medical bills are astronomical, and Tom has sunk into an immobilizing depression because of the ordeal. A study done by an environmental group found a high level of Benzene in the drinking water around Tom’s daughter’s school.
Weitz & Luxenberg has the skills and resources to do a thorough evaluation of possible Benzene contamination. Using our resources, we can get compensation to Tom and his family for expenses such as:
- Hospital visits
- Treatment for his daughter’s leukemia
- Earnings lost from time Tom needs to spend with his daughter
- Future earnings lost in case Tom needs to quit his job to take care of his daughter
- Pain and suffering
- Cost of therapy to help cope with his daughter’s illness
- Any out-of-pocket expenses related to the incident
What we can do for you
Weitz & Luxenberg is comprised of an accomplished team of attorneys – each one with a wealth of knowledge and resources. We can get you the compensation you need. The first thing to do is fill out the form on this page. It is quick, simple, and completely confidential. By filling out the form you are in no way obligated to us, but it does entitle you to a free legal consultation concerning your individual case.
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