Lawyers in our firm recently filed a products liability lawsuit in Mobile County, Alabama on behalf of a mechanic who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a disease that causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. The Plaintiff had been a diesel mechanic for over 20 years and was constantly exposed to solvents, cleaners, lubricants, oils and other petroleum derived 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, solvents, 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 indicates that benzene causes multiple myeloma, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and other forms of leukemia and lymphoma.
The Mobile lawsuit alleges that the Defendants know that the products the Plaintiff was exposed to contained benzene and that they have known for years that benzene poses a health hazard and can kill humans working in close proximity to their products. However, 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 our client in his efforts to recover for his injury.
John Tomlinson, a lawyer in our firm’s Toxic Torts Section, is currently investigating other Benzene exposure cases. If you need more information on this contact John at 800-898-2034 or by email at John.Tomlinson@beasleyallen.com.
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