Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured by exposure to benzene. Lawsuits against manufacturers that use benzene or emit benzene in their production process claim that exposure to the gas can have harmful effects on the blood, including blood cancer.
Benzene is a component of various petroleum products and is also used in the production of solvents, detergents, degreasers, lubricants, glues, plastics, rubbers, pesticides, paints and polishes. Recent testing has also found that popular sunscreen and sunscreen products contain benzene. Exposure to benzene can occur through inhalation or ingestion at one’s occupation or through close proximity to an entity that emits benzene in its manufacturing processes. People can also become exposed to benzene by using consumer products.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated benzene as a “known” human carcinogen. Benzene has been linked to a high risk of developing Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), the most common type of acute leukemia in adults (also known as acute myeloid leukemia or acute non-lymphocytic leukemia). Those who have been exposed to benzene and have been diagnosed with cancer have initiated lawsuits against large industrial employers and manufacturers of consumer products containing benzene.
Contact with benzene can cause changes in the blood and lead to an aggressive form of cancer of the bone marrow and blood known as AML. The largest risk factor for AML is prior contact with carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene, through workplace exposures (such as rubber, oil, chemical and gasoline plants or lubricant, dye, drug and pesticide manufacturers) or environmental exposures (such as factory emissions, fumes, exhaust and cigarette smoke). AML can progress rapidly and individuals who are over 60 after diagnosis typically do not respond to treatment as well as younger patients. Other cancers include non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and multiple myeloma.
In May 2021 an independent company, Valisure LLC, detected high levels of benzene in several brands of popular sunscreen products. The study found over 50 contaminated sunscreens. Valisure requested a recall of the affected batches and urged the Food and Drug Administration to update limits for benzene contamination in sunscreens. Following the report, many manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, announced recalls of various Neutrogena sunscreen products and Aveeno sun care sprays. A full list of the sunscreens that contain excessive levels of benzene can be found here.
If you or a loved one has been injured by Benzene, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:
In most states, a company can be held liable if its product creates an unreasonable danger and the plaintiff can demonstrate:
In addition to the EPA, several agencies have classified benzene as a carcinogen including:
The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation.