Selecting an Attorney

When looking for and hiring a Personal Injury or Worker’s Compensation Attorney in the St. Louis area, I recommend that rather than simply selecting a lawyer on a TV advertisement, billboard, or the side of a bus, that you research the law firm, lawyer assigned to your case, and the law firm’s results.  Mogab & Hughes Attorneys have been handling Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation cases in St. Louis and throughout the state of Missouri since 1963. We handle cases in the following areas: Truck Accidents, Car Accidents, Construction Site Accidents, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage, Defective Products, Dangerous Drugs, Worker’s Compensation on the Job Injuries, Mesothelioma-Asbestos Claims, Social Security Disability, Veterans Disability, Hospital/Physician/Nursing Home Malpractice Cases, HIPAA Medical Records Violation Cases, and Falls and Premises Injuries.  View our Notable Cases.

Since 1963, our law firm has collected over $350 million on behalf of our clients.  We have successfully represented over 15,000 injured clients throughout Missouri and other states winning Multiple Million Dollar verdicts and settlements.

Mogab & Hughes Attorneys promise you that we will always treat you fairly, honestly, and with respect.  Our experienced attorneys will personally speak with you and keep you advised concerning the process of your case.  If you have suffered an injury due to the fault of another, or if you have suffered an injury at work, please contact the lawyers at Mogab & Hughes at 314-241-4477.

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.

 

RECENT PERSONAL INJURY WINS AT MOGAB & HUGHES ATTORNEYS

In December 2016, I recovered $650,000.00 for a woman injured in a premises liability case. In January 2017, I recovered insurance policy limits of $500,000.00 for a woman who suffered back and shoulder injuries when she was struck by a car while riding her motor scooter in St. Louis County.  Also in January, 2017, I recovered $250,000.00 for a man struck by an uninsured motorist while operating his riding lawn mower.  My client suffered a fractured leg that required surgery.

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

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