Gasoline truck drivers, auto mechanics and printers are at particular risk of benzene exposure, which in turn raises the occupational risk of developing Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS).
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) causes a deficiency in red blood cell production which can lead to patient weakness, fatigue, dyspnea, impaired blood flow, and secondary infection. The disease may lead to ocular, cardiac, pulmonary, or cerebral dysfunction. It is typical for patients to suffer from flu-like symptoms for 4 to 6 weeks before any diagnosis.
It is critical to preserve all medical records and work history when considering legal action against an employer. To build the strongest case possible, plaintiffs should be prepared to present evidence of an association between workplace toxic exposure and related cancers or illness.
As early as the 1940s, an American Petroleum Institute study warned that no “safe” level of occupational benzene exposure exists. Benzene is particularly dangerous because it can take years from an initial exposure date until rubber and tire workers develop any symptoms of benzene-related blood cancers like Acute Myeloid Lymphoma (AML).
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Ohio was the site of an important benzene study by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the 1970s. The research identified a serious leukemia risk for Ohio workers exposed to the chemical. Benzene is thought to double the risk of developing forms of leukemia like AML (AML).
In the 1980s, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a rubber industry study that evaluated toxicologic industrial hygiene data, and concluded that “sufficient” evidence existed to associate leukemia with occupational solvent (Benzene) exposure in the rubber industry.
A 2014 study published by the International Journal of Occupational Hygiene estimated that 68 percent of workers in tire and rubber plants exceed the current exposure limit, set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO). Significant exposures to occupational carcinogens such as benzene are still seen in a large number of tire and rubber industry workers.
Toxic exposure cases help empower employees to fight for their right to be protected, satisfactorily informed, and to stay safe. They also bring awareness to challenge and higher the expectations of companies who are not serving their employees justly.
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A toxic tort is a specific type of personal injury that occurs as a result of the exposure to toxic materials or chemicals. Many people are unknowingly exposed to dangerous substances at their work place and only discover the past exposure after they have been diagnosed with a serious condition associated with the toxic material.
Many people are familiar with the term “class action.” A class action lawsuit is appropriate where the claims are all the same and can be handled in one case without a party being prejudiced. Since most toxic tort cases involve different issues related to the amount of exposure, the types of injuries being claimed, and the manner of which those damages were caused, class action treatment is usually not appropriate in toxic tort cases.
However, toxic tort cases often involve many similarities related to the liability and general causation questions, and consolidation can be effective for both parties through a mass tort program. A “mass tort” is similar to a class action in that there are procedural steps to consolidate similar claims before one Court to more efficiently litigate the case.
Typically, these cases are consolidated for the purposed of pre-trial discovery, but the case is not joined for a trial. Through pre-trial consolidation the Courts can avoid inconsistent rulings and have a more manageable discovery process.
The Lyon Firm has years of experience litigating sensitive and valuable toxic exposure cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Joe Lyon takes pride in holding companies responsible following consumer injury or workplace toxic exposure. The Lyon Firm focuses on the following practice areas:
Many years after the discovery of its cancer-causing potential, still one of the largest toxic tort litigation in America involves asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a toxic material that is commonly used in commercial and residential construction, and a wide variety of industrial installations because of its high resilience to heat and effective insulating properties.
Long-term exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers, however, causes serious respiratory diseases and cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. You can qualify for an asbestos exposure claim if you have developed cancer linked to past workplace exposure to toxins.
A huge wave of lawsuits involving Monsanto’s iconic weedkiller, Roundup, have hit Bayer with massive verdicts, putting pressure on the company to settle thousands of claims.
Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to an increased risk of developing leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Farmers, groundskeepers, plant nursery workers and landscapers have filed toxic tort claims, alleging that Roundup exposure led to the development of cancer. You may qualify for a Roundup lawsuit if you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia and have documented use of a weedkiller or pesticide in the past.
Johnson & Johnson faces thousands of cancer claims in lawsuits alleging the company’s talc and Baby Powder products were contaminated with asbestos, leading to the development of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer in many women who used the product regularly. Plaintiffs may file a claim if they have used a talcum powder product for many years and developed cancer.
Plaintiffs say the company was aware of the contamination and cancer risks decades ago but chose not to alert the public in fear of harming the company’s reputation. Many product liability lawsuits involve companies who place profit before the health of the consumer.
Benzene exposure has been linked to AML cases nationwide. Many workers in the oil and rubber industries have fallen ill after many years of workplace exposure. Workers who have worked with rubber, PVC, vinyl chloride or other chemicals containing benzene can file a claim if they have developed cancer.
Drug injury cases are complex, and are generally filed as part of a class. When defective drugs are recalled and patients are injured by a pharmaceutical, a toxic tort attorney may be necessary to represent victims, and to assist in recovering rightful compensation.
Drug defect injury cases are quite common and can involve drug contamination, a failure to properly perform clinical trials, dosage and labeling errors, and undisclosed side effects.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is linked to benzene exposure. Gasoline truck drivers, auto mechanics and printers have all been diagnosed with AML after occupational exposure.
Occupational toxic tort cases are the most common because industrial workers are more likely to face long-term exposure to toxic chemicals. Workers in certain industries face a higher risk of exposure than the average person. For example, farm workers may be exposed to large amounts of pesticides, including Glyphosate, a known cancer-causing agent.
Yes, unfortunately. Some consumer products like aerosol deodorants and sunscreens have been recalled for having been contaminated with benzene and other toxins.
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.