Many workers are coming forward and filing lawsuits against their employers, claiming that they became ill after being exposed to benzene. Added to that are the number of lawsuits filed by people whose family members died from mesothelioma after workplace exposure to benzene.
Following are recent lawsuits filed in Jefferson County regarding benzene:
- George Oliver Tanner filed lawsuits against 39 chemical companies claiming that his father died of acute myelogenous leukemia after exposure to benzene that occurred while he cleaned tanks and managed spills for the defendants;
- Shirley Jeanis filed lawsuits against 28 companies claiming that her husband's exposure to benzene while working as a pipefitter resulted in his death from acute myelogenous leukemia;
- Gary and Congram filed lawsuits against Chevron USA and other petrochemical companies, claiming that Gary developed acute myelogenous leukemia after repeated exposure to benzene during the 43 years he worked as an engineering contractor.
Benzene is used in the manufacturing of many chemical products, including detergents, dyes, paints, pesticides, and motor fuels. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia is a cancer that occurs in bone marrow, in blood-forming tissues. Treatment includes chemotherapy, immunotheraphy, and stem cell transplantation.