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Benzene is an important compound used in the production of nylon, rubber, detergents, pesticides and more. This hydrocarbon is a natural part of crude oil and generally comes as the result of coal and petroleum processing. Whether you work in an industry that produces benzene or one that uses it as an additive, you’ve had long-term exposure to a hazardous chemical in higher concentration than normal and you may be suffering various physical illnesses as a result.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Mandates
In an effort to prevent these illnesses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that workers not be exposed to more than one part benzene per million parts of air during a single eight-hour workday, with the exception of short-term exposure of 15-minutes or less, in which case the limit changes to five parts benzene per million parts of air. Even with these restrictions in place, workers and their families are still getting sick. In 2014, The Guardian reported on 2 children in Oakwood, Georgia who were diagnosed with Leukemia at around the same time. The article highlights the story of the McElheney family–they moved to Oakwood in 1992 and lived next to 12 petroleum storage tanks. Extensive testing was done and it was found that the water in the small town had 26 times more benzene than what’s federally considered safe.
Benzene Exposure Lawsuit
After working a year or more in an environment that exposes you to benzene, you’re breathing it into your lungs and absorbing it through your skin. This can lead to anemia and immune system suppression. It can even lead to blood or bone marrow cancer known as leukemia.
At Pravati Legal Networks, we want to help workers and families get recovery for damages they’ve suffered as a result of over-exposure to benzene. We can review the details of your case and match you to a Benzene lawyer who has experience fighting similar types of claims. Our entire network of Benzene attorneys is dedicated to helping recover damages and they work with no upfront fee or retainer, choosing instead to work on a contingency fee basis –only getting paid after winning your case.