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Originally manufactured from coal tar, Benzene is one of the top 20 most commonly used chemicals in the United States. It is a colorless flammable liquid which to the human nose has a somewhat sweet odor.

The chemical Benzene is utilized in rubber, paint, plastics, resins, drugs, pesticides, synthetics, and other product manufacturing. It is often in organic solvents, and gasoline. The negative effects of benzene consumption and exposure have been noted since the late 1800s, and by the 1960's it was established that benzene was responsible for several fatal illnesses.

Should you or a loved one have been directly affected by Benzene, it is critical that you get in touch with a qualified Indiana personal injury attorney as soon as possible to learn how you can recover financial help.

Some of the fatal illnesses that can develop as a result of long-term benzene exposure include:

  • Asplastic anemia
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

There are two means of exposure to Benzene: inhalation and absorption through the skin. Because liquid Benzene evaporates quickly, skin absorption is less common, making the primary route of exposure inhalation. Benzene exposure related diseases can have a long latency period of several decades in some cases some people may be unaware that they have been affected.

Some of the benzene exposure high risk group occupations have been identified as:

  • Petroleum processing
  • Paint and varnish production
  • Waste management
  • Rubber processing
  • Solvent production
  • Adhesive production
  • Auto mechanic
  • Hauling and tank cleaning
  • De-greasing operations
  • Gasoline production
  • Pesticide production
  • Detergent production

If you have been exposed to benzene and have developed one of the serious diseases listed above, or if you think this might be the situation for you or a loved one, contact George & Farinas, LLP today for a free, no hassle consultation with one of our experienced Indiana injury lawyers.

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