Benzene Lawyer in Connecticut
Benzene Exposure Attorneys in Connecticut
Benzene, a toxic chemical used for a variety of functions, is one of the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States. Benzene is often found in plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, drugs, pesticides, and detergents. It also appears as an industrial solvent and a gasoline additive. Exposure to this common chemical can be extremely harmful, especially in large amounts or repeated exposures. In a worst-case scenario, benzene exposure can cause terminal cancer.
If you have suffered harm caused by exposure to benzene, trust Carter Mario Law Firm to help. Contact our benzene exposure lawyers today at (203) 571-3858 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Benzene Cancer Risks
Short-term exposure to benzene can interfere with the nervous system, causing drowsiness, dizziness, tremors, headaches, confusion, or unconsciousness. Consumption of the substance can cause vomiting, nausea, sleepiness, convulsions, dizziness, and rapid heart rate. Inhalation can result in death.
Based on studies conducted on both people and laboratory animals, long-term exposure to benzene has been linked to the development of a form of cancer known as acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is an aggressive form of cancer that specifically affects the blood.
Most cases of AML develop in bone marrow but can quickly move into the blood. Once in the blood, AML can metastasize in other areas of the body. Long-term benzene exposure can also cause anemia, low white blood cell count, and a low platelet count.
How Benzene Exposure Occurs
Benzene exposure can happen in one of many ways, some more common than others. Carter Mario has extensive experience with complicated toxic exposure cases, so you can rely on us, no matter how you came into unsafe contact with benzene.
Benzene exposure most often happens in three ways:
Workplace exposure: At industrial worksites, benzene can be used for various manufacturing purposes. Workers who need to handle benzene in any capacity must be given proper protective equipment as well as a full notification of the risks of benzene exposure. Unfortunately, many employers fail to take precautions with benzene and unfairly put their employees at risk every time they clock in for a shift.
Environmental contamination: Some of the worst cases of benzene exposure happen completely unknowingly to the victim, such as when environmental contamination is the root of the exposure. Corporations that do not properly store and dispose of benzene might dump it into the ground, poisoning groundwater reservoirs, for example.
Unsafe products: Our attorneys can also help with benzene exposure lawsuits related to unsafe products. Recently, certain sunscreen brands have been contaminated with unsafe levels of benzene. When applied directly to the skin frequently or in large amounts, the benzene in the sunscreen can be the starting point for many health issues.
Evidence for a Benzene Exposure Lawsuit
Proving the source of your benzene exposure can be difficult, which is why you should let our team from Carter Mario work on your case as soon as possible. We know where to look for important evidence that will benefit your case. The goal is to make a strong case that the opposition cannot stand up against, encouraging them to offer a fair settlement amount or giving you an advantage if the lawsuit goes to court.
Evidence that might benefit your benzene exposure case includes:
- Medical records: If you have been diagnosed with serious illnesses related to benzene exposure, then your physician could have noted the source of your illness in your medical record. Using this information, we can make the groundwork for your case and establish liability.
- Workplace safety reports: If the benzene exposure was caused due to the scope of your employment, then our attorneys can examine workplace safety reports to see if there is a history of benzene exposure. Such a history could indicate that employer negligence exposed you to this toxic substance when it otherwise could have been prevented.
- Product information: We can look into product information like packaging, instruction manuals, and safety materials to determine if unsafe amounts of benzene were in a product you used. Our firm also pays attention to news of dangerous products, such as the reports of benzene contamination in sunscreen.
How Carter Mario Can Help
At Carter Mario, our team has decades of combined legal experience in negotiating product liability and toxic exposure cases, such as those involving benzene. We know what it takes to bring our clients maximum compensation for the losses they have suffered—and how to do so in a timely manner.
We understand state and federal laws that apply to proper benzene use and storage—and will create a results-driven strategy crafted specifically around the details of your case. After carefully reviewing the evidence, we will file a claim seeking full, fair compensation for your injuries.
When you or someone you love suffers harm after exposure to toxic benzene, you need experience on your side. Let Carter Mario Law Firm protect your rights. Just call (203) 571-3858 today. You can also submit a FREE initial consultation form. We know serious injury claims—and stand ready to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Benzene Exposure FAQ
- Should you stop using a product if it has been recalled for benzene contamination?
Yes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggests you immediately stop using a product if it has been recalled for benzene contamination. Small amounts of benzene exposure can occur without causing health consequences, so it is important to discontinue use right away before the risk of harm increases significantly.
- Who is at the highest risk of benzene exposure?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that the people with the highest risks of benzene exposure are those who work in manufacturing industries. Benzene is found in high concentrations in such industrial sites because it is used as a thickening agent, propellant, etc. for different products.
- Can my doctor test me for benzene exposure?
Medical doctors can order a number of diagnostic tests to check for unsafe levels of benzene exposure. Typically, early testing methods will use breath, blood, or urine samples. More involved testing might be required if initial tests are concerning.
- How long does it take for benzene contamination to hurt you?
Inhaling benzene can cause fainting and death within minutes. Other forms of benzene exposure like skin exposure or ingestion can take much longer to form symptoms, though. It could be months or years until symptoms begin to show.
- How long is the statute of limitations on benzene exposure cases?
Depending on where you live, the statute of limitations on benzene exposure cases will vary. In Connecticut, most cases will be governed by a two-year statute of limitations. However, the statute will likely not begin on the date of the exposure. It can begin on the date that you were diagnosed with an illness caused by that exposure, instead.