An Illinois woman is suing two Illinois manufacturers, alleging they exposed the community to the harmful effects of benzene chemicals. Janice Hunter filed a suit recently in Madison County Circuit Court against Rust-Oleum Corporation and Turtle Wax Inc., alleging that the Defendants failed to exercise reasonable care and caution for the safety, health and welfare of others living in close proximity to their Wood River facilities.
According to the complaint, in January 2008, the Plaintiff was diagnosed with lymphoma due to direct exposure, inhalation, ingestion and/or absorption of the benzene being emitted, leaked, spilled, dumped and otherwise discharged into the air and surface/ground water by the Defendants at the Wood River facilities. Ms. Hunter says she was a long-time resident of Wood River. As a result, she had to undergo chemotherapy treatment and suffered pain, suffering and incurred medical expenses.
The Plaintiff alleges the Defendants failed to sufficiently test, monitor and research the human health effects of benzene and benzene-containing products or processes on residents living in close proximity to where the chemical was being used, failed to warn people living near the Wood River facilities of the harmful effects of benzene chemicals and failed to recall and/or cease using benzene and benzene-containing products. Ms. Hunter is represented by Christopher Dysart of The Dysart Law Firm PC in Chesterfield, Missouri.
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.
John Tomlinson, a lawyer in our firm’s Toxic Torts Section, is currently investigating occupational related Benzene exposure cases. If you need more information on this contact John at 800-898-2034 or by email at John.Tomlinson@beasleyallen.com
Source: Madison-St. Clair Record
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