Medical studies have shown a clear link between Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and exposure to Benzene. Many occupations carry a high risk of exposure to chemicals containing benzene which is commonly found in hydrocarbons, cleaning solvents, and paints. In most cases, there is a latency, or gap of ten years or more from the first exposure to the benzene until the onset of the disease itself.
Usually, a person will have a history of frequent and close contact to the benzene containing products for years before symptoms first appear. The gap between exposure and the onset of the disease is confusing to most people. This is because benzene attacks the blood forming organs in the body. Benzene will collect in the bone marrow for years before it triggers the onset of blood disorders which ultimately develop into leukemia.
Who is at risk? Many workers have no idea that the materials they handle every day can adversely affect their health. Click on the links below to find more information about Benzene Exposure in employment fields.
- Auto Mechanics
- Painters and Contractors (exposure to paint and paint thinner)
- Rubber Industry workers
- Oil Field and Petroleum Industry workers
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The attorneys at the Claunch Law Firm understand the complexities involved in cases involving benzene and acute myelogenous leukemia. The Claunch Law Firm has extensive experience in helping people suffering with acute myelogenous leukemia by getting to the root causes of their disease by defining a person’s exposure and work history. Each of the examples above are just a few of the specific kinds of cases handled by our attorneys. Kirk Claunch has represented clients across in the country in benzene related cases in many different states. Few attorneys have the diverse and national experience to help those who suffer from leukemia to understand the causes of their illness. We will be happy to walk you through your work history and help you find the sources of your exposure.
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An auto mechanic runs a much higher risk of leukemia than most because many of the products used in the automotive repair industry contain harmful levels benzene. Benzene often exists as a contaminant in degreasers and engine cleaning products. Some mechanics use these products for several hours every day. They are used in close proximity by a person who holds the product at an arm’s length when applying the product. To make matters worse, the product is often used in a garage with poor ventilation causing the benzene to linger in a heavy concentration in the air of a work area. Benzene exists as a contaminant with other hydrocarbons such as toluene, hexane, xylene, and mineral spirits. It important to understand that long-term exposure in close proximity to such products is very dangerous even when benzene exists only in trace amounts in these products. As a result, many who are diagnosed with leukemia never make the connection that the leukemia was caused by benzene in products they used years ago at work.
The same holds true for those who are exposed to paint, paint thinners and associated products that contain benzene. Again, rarely do these products list benzene as an ingredient. However, they exist as a contaminant with other hydrocarbon based chemicals such as toluene, hexane, xylene, and mineral spirits. Most of these products are sold at paint stores by name over the counter. Those who spend a lot of time stripping paint with paint thinners run an especially high risk. This includes those who paint and stain wood as a hobby.
Historically, those employed in the rubber industries have been exposed to dangerous levels of benzene through their years of employment. Workers often use naptha, containing benzene, to bind rubber together in the tire building process. The confinement of a tire manufacturing plant can effect not just those building the tires, but anyone working inside the building itself. Those who work near others who directly use benzene containing products share a significant risk as well.
The petroleum industry has always been a source of benzene exposure. Exposure is not limited to those who work at refineries but includes people who have jobs in the maintenance and repair of said facilities. It often includes those who transport hydrocarbons and related chemicals from the processing plants. Truck drivers in the oil and gas industry are exposed to harmful levels of benzene because of the constant exposure to the harmful fumes and emissions of hydrocarbons and chemicals.