Benzene is used in the manufacture of rubber, plastics, and synthetic fibers including nylon, lubricants, drugs, dyes, detergents, and pesticides. The chemical is also found in many fuels and solvents and is usually colorless and light yellow in appearance.
Despite being one of the most commonly used chemicals in the United States, benzene exposure has been linked to acute myeloid leukemia (AML)—a rapid-spreading cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
If you or someone you love developed acute myeloid leukemia, you may be entitled to compensation. Our benzene attorneys can investigate your case and work to determine if you were exposed to benzene and who may be responsible for your illness. Your time to file a claim is limited—call (920) 486-9726 or contact our Appleton defective product lawyers now to help protect your rights.
Do My Symptoms Indicate That I Have AML?
Signs and symptoms of adult AML include:
- shortness of breath
- bruising or bleeding more easily
- petechiae (flat, pinpoint spots under the skin caused by bleeding)
- weight loss
Doctors can perform blood and bone marrow tests that detect and diagnose AML, and treatment options may be available depending on prognosis.
Was My AML Caused by Benzene Exposure?
Workers are exposed to benzene through inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion, and skin and/or eye contact. Workers using solvents can absorb benzene through the skin (primarily the hands) by handling rags or splashing solvents on their skin or by breathing in vapors.
Workers at risk include:
- chemical workers
- gasoline workers
- lab technicians
- newspaper press workers
- refinery workers
- shoe or leather workers
- steel workers
Factory workers involved in manufacturing of benzene-derived products—such as clothing, plywood, compact discs, paints, packaging, and adhesives—may also face an increased risk of AML.
If you work or have worked in any of these professions and have since been diagnosed with AML, you may be entitled to compensation.
What Types of Compensation Are Benzene AML Victims Entitled To?
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with AML, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages are designed to compensate you for your medical expenses and lost wages while you were unable to work.
- Non-economic damages, also called “pain and suffering,” are designed to compensate you for the physical and emotional distress caused by your illness.
Can I Afford a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Absolutely. At Brian Hodgkiss Injury Lawyers, we believe no one should be unable to get legal representation for an injury or illness caused by someone else’s negligence regardless of their ability to pay. That’s why we only get paid if we win you money. Even your consultation is free.
Get Help With Your Benzene Leukemia Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with AML, get in touch with our product liability team today. You don’t have to know when or how you were exposed to benzene to have potential rights to compensation. Our law firm has experience with benzene-related acute myeloid leukemia cases, and our Fox Cities defective product attorneys are here to investigate who may be responsible for your illness.