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Though its use is restricted in the United States today, benzene is still being used for a variety of industrial and scientific purposes, and there are still cases of benzene-related illnesses occurring. Benzene exposure victims in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and throughout the country can find a lawyer at the Locks Law Firm who understands their concerns and who is willing to fight for their rights.
About Benzene Exposure
Benzene is a component of crude oil. It is a highly flammable organic hydrocarbon with a sweet smell. Benzene is highly toxic; breathing or ingesting dangerous amounts of benzene causes severe illness and eventually death. It can also cause cancer, most commonly leukemia. Chronic exposure affects the bone marrow's ability to produce blood, resulting in anemia, and also depresses the immune system.
Benzene Exposure Sources
Before the dangers of benzene exposure were well understood by the public, the chemical was used in many consumer products, including aftershave, as an additive in fuel and most frequently as a cleaning solvent in manufacturing processes with little or no regulation. It was also used as a degreasing agent, a cleaner for watch springs, and a coffee decaffeinator. Eventually its use was restricted, but benzene is still instrumental in the production of plastics, nylon, adhesives, and other products. It is also occasionally used in laboratory applications. Whether you were exposed to benzene in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York or throughout the country, a benzene exposure lawyer at the Locks Law Firm can advise you as to legal rights you may have as the result of your benzene-related injuries.
The symptoms of benzene exposure are nonspecific and can vary from flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, weight loss, fever, joint pain and glandular swelling. In some cases, the reaction to benzene exposure is immediate and serious, such as central nervous system toxicity and various types of leukemia.
Because the effects of chronic benzene exposure can take years to manifest, many individuals are only now discovering the true extent of their illnesses. Oil workers, gas station attendants, factory workers, watchmakers, and a host of others are developing potentially fatal illness, expensive treatment, and also severe pain and suffering.
The Locks Law Firm, serving clients residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and throughout the country, is committed to assisting benzene exposure victims and their loved ones. A lawyer from our firm will help you hold negligent parties responsible for damages and costs so that you can focus on your treatment.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer that affects the bone marrow. Though it is potentially curable with extensive chemotherapy, without any treatment, AML is generally fatal within weeks or months.
Chronic occupational exposure to benzene is associated with an increased risk of AML, and it is well established that benzene is a potent carcinogen. If you live or have worked in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York and have experienced chronic benzene exposure and are now suffering from AML, a lawyer from the Locks Law Firm can help you take legal action. Time is of the essence; contact the Locks Law Firm to speak with a benzene exposure lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Locks Law Firm Benzene Exposure Lawyer
Chemotherapy and other advanced treatments commonly required by benzene exposure victims are expensive. If you or someone you love has been harmed by benzene or another toxic chemical, please contact the Locks Law Firm, serving clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and throughout the country, to speak with a benzene exposure lawyer and schedule a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.Do I have a case? Free Case Evaluation