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Toxic Tort Attorney and Workplace Accident Lawyer reviews toxic benzene exposure lawsuits for injured plaintiffs nationwide
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representing gasoline truck drivers, auto mechanics and printers following AML or MDS diagnoses

Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) are blood diseases and bone marrow abnormalities in which up to 35 percent of cases develop into Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) after diagnosis. MDS is sometimes called a preleukemic condition or “preleukemia.”

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) can be carried genetically, and added risk factors for MDS include Workplace Benzene exposure. Chemicals and toxins linked to myelodysplastic syndromes include tobacco smoke, heavy metals like lead and mercury, organic solvents, hydrocarbons, welding fumes, diesel exhaust fumes, and pesticides and industrial chemicals, such as benzene.

Around 10,000 to 20,000 new MDS diagnoses occur each year in the United States. Exposure for workers was common in the 1960s and 1970s and later for the following positions and industries:

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Toxic Tort Attorney and Myelodysplastic Syndromes Lawyer reviewing benzene exposure for plaintiffs nationwide.

The Lyon Firm works with Workplace Ventilation Risks and medical experts to determine the cause of a worker’s disease or cancer.

Occupational Hazards & Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

Benzene can be absorbed through the skin or inhalation. Most industrial workers are likely to develop MDS or AML by breathing in benzene diesel exhaust fumes. Anyone working in an area where Benzene is being used is at risk of inhaling disease-causing vapors.

Any worker who has developed a benzene related illness at the workplace can contact a myelodysplastic syndromes lawyer to consider the legal options. The World Health Organization (WHO) divides myelodysplastic syndromes into the following subtypes based on the type of blood cells involved:

  • Myelodysplastic syndrome with unilineage dysplasia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome with multilineage dysplasia—two or three blood cell types are abnormal
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome with ring sideroblasts—Involves a low number of one or more blood cell types, and the red blood cells in the bone marrow contain a ring of excess iron
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome associated with isolated chromosome abnormality—the blood cells have a specific mutation in their DNA.
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome with excess blasts—Very immature blood cells (blasts) are found in the blood and bone marrow.

Complications of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) include:

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Recurrent infections
  • Excessive Bleeding
  • Increased risk of cancer—many myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) patients will eventually develop a cancer of the blood cells (AML leukemia) or lymphomas/Hodgkin’s disease.

Myelodysplastic Syndromes Lawyer

For workers at risk of workplace Benzene exposure, like printers, gasoline truck drivers and auto mechanics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges workers to protect themselves with personal safety gear, and urges employers and managers to properly protect their employees from toxins.

Should a company fail to warn or protect workers and fail to provide a safe work environment, they may be held liable for severe illnesses and deaths. The Lyon Firm works hard to recover as much compensation as possible in toxic exposure cases to improve a plaintiffs’ quality of life and to assist in paying for medical costs now and in the future.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

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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Your Right to Safety
Watch our Video About Benzene Exposure

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 as 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.

Our Victories

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.