Congratulations to Andrew DuPont and Jennifer Emmons who, last week, secured a $4.785 Million recovery for the family of a United States Marine Corps serviceman who developed and died from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) due to his occupational exposure to products containing benzene. Earlier this year Andrew DuPont and Michael Leh were successful in obtaining a recovery of $3.5 Million on behalf of the family of another worker who was exposed to benzene working as a laborer and boilermaker in refineries who also contracted and died from AML.
Benzene is a known cause of cancer in humans. It is found in various products made from petroleum oil and coal and encountered in a wide variety of jobs and industries. Benzene exposure causes Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) and other leukemias, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), multiple myeloma and other blood disease and blood cancers. Reports of benzene causing fatal aplastic anemia surfaced in the literature as early as the 1890’s. The first cases of benzene causing leukemia were published in the 1920s. By the 1940’s members of the petroleum industry recognized the link between benzene exposure and leukemia. Despite these facts the manufacturers and sellers of benzene products often refuse to acknowledge their responsibility for exposing workers to benzene, and experienced and aggressive legal representation is required to pursue these claims. We have represented workers exposed to benzene for more than ten years and are proud to be able to secure justice for families who have suffered tragedy and loss.