Workers across the nation exposed to benzene and other toxins at the workplace may be an increased risk of developing aplastic anemia, a condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.
Considered a relatively rare and serious condition, aplastic anemia affects patients with severe fatigue and at risk of serious infections and uncontrollable bleeding. The condition can develop slowly and may worsen over time, and may require blood transfusions, stem cell transplant, or a bone marrow transplant. Industries in which workers are exposed to Benzene include:
Aplastic anemia can be mistaken for myelodysplastic syndrome, a related condition in which blood cells are deformed and underdeveloped. Patients may also have a disorder known as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria, and causes red blood cells to break down too soon.
Research by the National Cancer Institute has indicated that benzene exposure can cause a decrease in the production of healthy blood cells which may result in blood disease or cancer. Aplastic anemia can present with signs and symptoms that include:
In 2006, the American Society of Hematology published a study on industrial benzene use and the association with blood disorders including macrocytic anemia, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia (AML). The study focused on workers at one diamond factory in India. Benzene was widely used in the factory and the workers were without any protective safety equipment.
Out of 37 workers working eight hour shifts in the closed room, eleven developed blood dyscrasia and aplastic anemia. One patient died during treatment. Workers in the U.S. have met the same fate in unsafe work environments. Negligent employers can be held responsible for toxic exposure.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury Lawyer and Ohio Toxic Tort Attorney investigating workplace exposure and filing lawsuits for injured plaintiffs nationwide.
Aplastic anemia damages the bone marrow, slowing the production of new blood cells, and is a critical condition that requires prompt treatment.
Following diagnosis, patients should contact medical specialists and a legal expert to consider workplace injury lawsuits in order to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. Aplastic anemia can be caused by the following:
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Benzene is a highly-volatile chemical used in gasoline and as a solvent in many chemical and pharmaceutical products. In 2010, the World Health Organization said exposure to Benzene was a “major public health concern.”
It is a concern because Benzene is a toxin that may cause blood cancer such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute non lymphatic leukemia. The IARC classifies it as a group 1 carcinogen. Benzene is considered as toxic as substances such as asbestos.
The American Public Health Association reports that three million workers in United States at auto mechanic and repair shops, gas stations, shipping loading docks, paint manufacturing plants, printers, gas truck drivers, and rubber manufacturing facilities are at risk.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to a defective product or recalled product to obtain just compensation under the law.
(Hamilton County, Ohio): Confidential Settlement. Lead Counsel in a case that involved secondary lead exposure to two children. Their father worked at a local recycling plant that routinely recycled computer equipment. The company violated numerous OSHA regulations related to providing safety equipment and clothing to prevent lead particles from being transferred home. As a result, the Plaintiffs father transferred lead dust to his children who then suffered lead poisoning. The case was covered extensively by the Cincinnati news media and referenced in peer-reviewed medical literature. The settlement will provide educational needs to the children who suffered neurological injuries due the exposure.