Our law firm filed a wrongful death lawsuit recently in Colbert County, Ala., on behalf of the wife and the estate of her late husband who died of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a deadly cancer of the blood forming tissues. The deceased had been an automobile painter and restorer for more than 40 years and was constantly exposed to paint and painting related products containing the chemical benzene.
Benzene is a clear, highly flammable liquid with a sweet, gassy smell. It occurs naturally in petroleum, and it is used as an organic solvent to make a variety of other chemicals and various plastics. It is also used in the manufacturing of some types of rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Because benzene comes from petroleum, benzene is often found in oil-based paints, various degreasers, and fuels – including diesel, gasoline and kerosene.
Persons working in close proximity to benzene or benzene-containing products can be put at serious risk because their exposure can occur at much higher levels and for longer periods of time. The medical literature is settled that benzene causes AML. There are a variety of AML diagnoses, but all of them have been shown to result from benzene exposure.
The current lawsuit alleges that the Defendants knew the products the decedent was exposed to contained benzene and have known for years that Benzene poses a health hazard and can kill humans working in close proximity to their products. Nevertheless, the Defendants continued to manufacture and sell these products, while at the same time marketing the products as safe. We are very proud to be able to represent the wife and the estate in their efforts to recover for the wrongful death of the decedent.
John Tomlinson, a lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section, is the lead lawyer handling this case. He is also investigating other benzene exposure cases. If you need more information on this litigation, contact John at 800-898-2034 or by email at John.Tomlinson@beasleyallen.com.
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