Benzene & Acute Myeloid Leukemia
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Benzene is a fairly toxic chemical used for a variety of different functions. It is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States, and it is formed from natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires. People can be exposed to it in plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, drugs, pesticides, and detergents. It also used to be commonly used as an industrial solvent and as a gasoline additive, though these have been significantly reduced in recent decades. Benzene has also been linked to cancer development, based on evidence from studies in both people and lab animals. Most often, benzene is linked to the development of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), particularly in workers exposed to high levels of benzene.
If you were exposed to excessive benzene levels, you might be able to seek compensation for your cancer treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Carto Mario Injury Lawyers can help. Our firm has been helping victims of personal injury throughout Connecticut for more than 30 years. We can provide client-focused, compassionate, and skilled legal representation for your case.
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Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Leukemia is the type of cancer that specifically affects the blood. AML has the potential to develop and progress quickly if not treated. Most cases of AML develops in the bone marrow, but can quickly move into the blood, allowing it to metastasize in other areas of the body. Sometimes acute leukemia can be treated, but other times the patient has a less favorable outlook.
Exposure to Benzene
Depending on when and how you were exposed to benzene, you may be eligible for compensation. Short-term exposure to benzene can cause problems with the nervous system, causing symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, tremors, headaches, confusion, and/ or unconsciousness. Consuming the substance could cause vomiting, stomach irritation, sleepiness, convulsions, dizziness, and rapid heart rate. Inhale enough of the substance, and it can even cause death.
Long-term exposure is what typically causes AML. It can affect the bone marrow, where new blood cells are made. Long-term benzene exposure can cause anemia, a low white blood cell count, and a low blood platelet count. Some studies have even linked prolonged exposure to reproductive organ harm, such as ovary shrinkage or irregular menstrual periods.
Let Us Help You Seek Compensation
People who are most exposed to high levels of benzene are workers, such as oil refinery workers and barge workers. The chemical is used in a wide range of industrial applications throughout the United States, despite its cancer risk. If your job has taken no precautions to protect you and your coworkers from extreme amounts of benzene exposure, and that exposure has led to your AML, you are eligible for compensation. Our skilled Connecticut personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping workers who have been exposed to life-altering and fatal industrial diseases. We understand the long-term effects an AML diagnosis can cause, including the necessity of taking time off work to seek cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation.
Our attorneys can help examine your case and provide you with high-quality legal advice regarding your best course of action. Carto Mario Injury Lawyers can offer you an 8-point guarantee on effective and swift communication and a no-fee guarantee, meaning we don’t get paid unless we can win your compensation. Let us see what we can do for you and your family.
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