Have You Been Exposed To Benzene On The Job And Developed Cancer?

Mogab & Hughes Attorneys handle Benzene cases. Contact us if you believe your occupational disease was caused by diesel exposure. Below are some frequently asked questions about Benzene:

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a highly flammable colorless chemical that, at room temperature, is liquid, but evaporates quickly. Benzene occurs naturally in crude oil. Benzene is a component of petroleum products including diesel fuel and gasoline.  Benzene is among the twenty most utilized chemicals in the United States.  Benzene is often used as a base material in products like plastics, degreasers, solvents, lubricants, pesticides, rubbers, dyes, resins, and nylons.

Is There Benzene in Diesel Exhaust?

Yes.  Benzene can be found in both the gas phase and the soot associated with diesel exhaust.

What are the Exposure Routes for Benzene?

Benzene can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin and even, the eyes.  If you’ve spent years working around diesel fuel, vapors and exhaust, you’ve unfortunately been exposed to benzene.

What Type of Workers are Exposed to Benzene?

Through the years, railroad workers have suffered benzene exposures via use of mineral spirits, solvents, degreasers and through diesel exposures.  Firefighters suffer regular benzene exposures.  Workers in numerous industries including chemical plants, oil refineries, steel plants, printing presses, fuel service stations, tanneries and tire plants are also regularly exposed.

What Type of Products Contain Benzene?

Fuels, inks, glues, paints, solvents, detergents, degreasers, lubricants, pesticides, rubbers, coatings, polishes, thinners and waxes.  Some well-known brands that contained benzene include Liquid Wrench, Naptha, Gumout and Ortho Weed-B-Gone.

What Illnesses are Associated with Benzene Exposures?

Various blood and bone marrow disorders including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and Aplastic Anemia are linked as well.  Benzene is classified as “Carcinogenic to Humans” by the World Health Organization.  In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), all classify benzene as either “known to be a human carcinogen” or “known human carcinogen.”

Have Doctors Just Determined that Benzene is Dangerous?

No.  Benzene has been used commercially since the 1800’s and even back then, doctors were able to note the detrimental effects that it had on workers.  As with asbestos, big corporations continued to use benzene because in their mind, the utility of its uses outweighed the risks to their employees.

But Aren’t Benzene Exposures Safe at Lower Levels?

Despite what the petrochemical conglomerates, steel mills, railroads and oil field bosses tell you, there is no safe level of benzene exposure.  The corporate defendants will hire experts to say your exposures were at “safe levels”, but there is no denying the genetic damage wreaked by long-term exposures to benzene. Plaintiffs with benzene “biomarkers” who are suffering from occupational diseases like acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome have very strong cases.

What happens after I call your firm?

We will analyze all the workplace exposures and determine the best legal avenues for the ideal results.  Our analysis begins with diesel and often leads to other toxins in the workplace associated with the illness at hand.  We consult with top medical and toxicological experts to prove your case.

If you suspect that you have been exposed to Benzene in your line of work, and have developed a condition, please contact us today at 314-241-4477.

 

Important Workers Compensation News from Mogab & Hughes Attorneys:

State’s Workers’ Compensation rates should drop for the third year in a row, however that will not prevent the Partisan attack on Missouri’s Workers Compensation laws in the 2017 session.

Missouri employers should expect to see a continued decrease in Workers’ Compensation rates for 2017.

Governor Jay Nixon recently announced progress in Workers’ Comp insurance costs. The Missouri Department of Insurance is recommending a 4.6 percent decrease in Workers’ Comp insurance loss costs next year. That would translate into the third year in a row of decreases in such costs to businesses, with rates sliding down by 9.8 percent over that period.

Out of the state’s 337 active workers’ comp insurers jockeying for business, a total of 225 insurers filed rate decreases this year, with an average decrease of 2.9 percent.

Employer’s Worker’s Comp. Insurer Denied Medical Causation – Nancy R. Mogab Wins Big Award for Longtime Employee  

 

EMPLOYER’S WORKER’S COMP INSURER DENIED MEDICAL CAUSATION – A twenty four year employee at Smurfit Stone/ Rock Tenn  injured his ankle, company doctor says it’s a sprain, employee continues to have pain, four months later they agree to send him back to Doctor who says it’s a sprain, refuses to order an MRI. Claimant seeks another opinion with Doctor who orders an MRI and sees a peroneal brevis tear and recommends surgery. The Employer-Insurer refused to provide care. No offer, case was tried and Claimant wins and is awarded past medical bills, payment for lost time at work, and permanent partial disability totaling $60,463.94 with interest due to the Employer/Insurer’s denials.

OTHER RECENT CASES:

EMPLOYER, ARAMARK North American Food Hospitality and Facility Services /Workers Comp Insurer deny medical treatment to employee for right and left shoulder injuries. Nancy Mogab tried case and successfully won medical care including surgery and pain management for the claimant.

SOCIAL SECURITY DENIAL REVERSED for younger individual with learning disabilities and physical disease to his feet and IBS/Colon problems. Multiple hearings and medical and vocational experts retained by the Social Security Administration, denial by ALJ reversed in Federal Court. Ultimately new hearing found the claimant disabled, resulting in back benefits to the Claimant in the amount of $35,000 and additional past benefits to the Claimant’s dependents.

Mogab and Hughes Attorneys, P.C. has more than 50 years of experience winning workers compensation and social security cases. Please call us for a free consultation at 314-241-4477.

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