A Texas man has filed a lawsuit about benzene exposure in his workplace.

A Texas plaintiff blames oil and chemical companies like Chevron, DuPont and Exxon for the leukemia he developed after being exposed to benzene.

The plaintiff worked as a pipe fitter for various companies for 26 years and says he was exposed to benzene in the workplace and through products made by the defendants.

The lawsuit accuses the companies of negligence because they knew benzene to be harmful. The plaintiff says he suffered physical impairment, disability and will need medical monitoring until he dies.

What is benzene?

Benzene is an industrial chemical used as a solvent in the manufacture of drugs, synthetics and dyes.

The chemical is a colorless or light yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a sweet odor and is highly flammable.

Benzene is widely used in the United States. It ranks in the top 20 chemicals for production volume.

Immediate symptoms of benzene exposure can include drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness and death (at very high levels).

Long-term health effects may include anemia, excessive bleeding and a weakened immune system, increasing the chance for infection, irregular menstrual periods and a decrease in the size of ovaries, low birth weights, delayed bone formation, and bone marrow damage (in animal studies) as well as cancer (leukemia).

Source: Injury Board Blog

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