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What is Benzene?
Benzene is widely used in manufacturing industries to make rubber, adhesives, and a lot of other commercial products like detergents. Benzene can cause cancer including acute myelogenous leukemia, a/k/a acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This substance is a toxin to the central nervous system and is considered to be a 'Category A' carcinogen. When inhaled, ingested, or absorbed by the skin, benzene can cause acute myelogenous leukemia, which is a rare case of cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
Benzene can also cause other diseases such as aplastic anemia, myelofibrosis, pancytopenia, and the Myelodyplastic Syndrome. Once this compound is absorbed in the blood stream, it mutates cells and turns them into cancer cells. The cancer cells would then work to lower the platelet count as well as the volume of both the red blood cells and white blood cells in the body. Low white blood cells mean weaker immune system. And a low count of red blood cells could restrain the normal functions of body organs.
Gasoline contains a percentage of benzene. This is the reason why almost all people are exposed to this toxic substance. However, gasoline attendants and distribution workers are the people who are mostly at risk to acquiring this disease. Refinery workers, pipe fitters, and laborers are highly exposed to them too. They too are the most common candidates of developing occupational diseases such as the ones listed above.
Worse, benzene used in factories can pollute the air and the pipelines. Once it contaminates the air that people breathe and the water that they drink, they also run the same risks of developing the disease like those who are directly working in an environment where there are high levels of benzene.
Being injured by benzene, whether knowingly or unknowingly, is a case that should be taken to the courts. Companies who are using this chemical or are adding them to products should be concerned of its effects to one's health. They should do everything in their power to make sure that no worker or innocent individual will be affected by the harmful nature of benzene. If you think you have been injured by this substance, talk to a benzene lawyer or toxic injury attorney and seek their help. They are capable of analyzing your case and they should know whether or not you can sue in open court and come out victorious.
It is sad to know that a lot of things that people use on a daily basis have benzene content to it – detergents, stain removers, pesticides, adhesives, lotions, aftershaves, and now even sodas. What's more, the mere exposure to toxic levels of this compound can trigger symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, and tremor, among many things.
This is where you can practice your right as a consumer of certain benzene-laden products or as a worker in manufacturing plants where benzene fumes can be inhaled. You have the right to live healthy and free from toxic substances, especially if they start deteriorating your body with diseases and cancer.
People who are sick because of constant exposure to benzene and products that contain the same compound can seek the help of benzene lawyers to represent them in court. These lawyers are experts in toxic injury cases and can help you regain the life that was lost due to these harmful substances. Not all sicknesses develop because of negligence of the patient himself. There are cases wherein illnesses develop due to other people's neglect. And this is very true in the case of benzene exposure. This is also where benzene lawyers can greatly help.