Also referred to as benzol, benzene is a clear, sweet smelling, highly flammable liquid that is known to cause cancer with long-term exposure. In addition to being a component of crude and refined oil, benzene is also found in a number of industrial products, such as:
Where Benzene Exposure Occurs
People may be exposed to toxic benzene by:
Fumes from glue, paint, furniture wax, solvents or detergents
Hazardous waste sites
Leaks in underground storage tanks
Motor vehicle exhaust
Tobacco or wood smoke
Symptoms of Benzene Exposure
Breathing in high levels of benzene in a short a period of time can cause death. With low levels of benzene exposure (inhaled, eaten or drank), individuals may experience:
Nausea and/or vomiting
Rapid heart rate
Anyone who starts developing these symptoms and suspects benzene exposure should seek emergency medical care to prevent potentially fatal complications.
Health Effects of Benzene Exposure
Benzene’s harmful effects primarily affect the blood. More specifically, when people have been exposed to benzene for over a year, they are at risk of developing serious benzene health problems, including:
Bone marrow damage
Decrease in ovary size
Depressed immune system
Increased risk of infection
Leukemia and other blood-related cancers
Without prompt, thorough treatments, most of these conditions could lead to death. While the precise course of treatment will depend on the nature and severity of the conditions, in many cases, treatment regimens may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, medication and palliative care.
Compensation for Benzene Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered benzene injuries at work, at home, or in a public location, you may be entitled to a settlement that will compensate you for your medical bills, permanent disabilities and pain and suffering. Injured parties can learn more about their legal rights by contacting Gacovino, Lake and Associates.
Our injury and wrongful death law firm is committed to helping victims of toxic substances recover compensation for their injuries.