What is Leukemia
Leukemia is cancer of the blood-forming tissues, the bone marrow, lymph nodes and the spleen. It is one of 100 cancer diseases producing abnormal cells in large numbers.
Common Types of Leukemia
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia the most common type of leukemia in young children. Adults over 65 are also at greater risk.
- Acute myeloid leukemia occurs in both children and adults.
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia most often found in adults over age 55.
- Chronic myeloid leukemia occurs mainly in adults, but has been found in young children.
What is Benzene
Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is produced by the burning of natural products. It is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum and is found in gasoline and other fuels. Benzene is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. Research has shown benzene to be a carcinogen (cancer causing). With exposures from less than 5 years to more than 30 years, individuals have developed, and died from, leukemia. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. The current permissible exposure level is 1 part per million (ppm) in air for an 8 hour average with a short-term exposure limit of 5 ppm. Benzene can also be absorbed through the skin.
Types of Jobs/Careers Linked
- Oil Workers (Drivers, Drillers, Oil Service)
- Almost any significant exposure to Benzene.
- Auto Mechanics
- Almost any job where significant use of solvents, cleaners or other petroleum products are used.
Here Are Some Example Benzene Cases That We Have Reviewed
- Painter Diagnosed with Myleodysplastic Syndromes
- Environmental Clenup Worker with Leukemia (Cleaned out Gas storage tanks)
- Printer with Acute Leukemia exposed to solvents used in cleaning printing presses.
- Case filed for Long term Auto Mechanic who developed AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)
- Lawsuit filed for Mechanic who developed Aplastic Anemia
- Maintanence and Construction worker who developed CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia)
Client Questions and Answers
Answer: Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a disease of your blood. Your bone marrow makes your blood cells. Your blood cells are basically made up of platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. If you have AML Leukemia you will not have enough red blood cells and not enough white blood cells.
AML is not inherited and you cannot pass it to someone else. AML can be caused by some sort of environmental cause such as exposure to benzene and/or radiation.
Other names that you might hear for AML are Acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia.
Answer: Benzene is a very common chemical in the world. It is related to petroleum products and is used in many different processes. Historically it was also used as a solvent to clean things. It is very effective in cleaning difficult substances, such as grease, off of items.
Answer: Benzene is an organic compound and when you are exposed to it, it gets absorbed by the body and metabolized or broken down. When this happens it can end up in the liver and/or bone marrow. It is there that is has its long term effects and can start to interact with the body in a way to cause Leukemia.
Answer: These are complicated cases. We start with finding out what kinds of products you used. This can be one of the most critical parts of the case. It tells us a lot. How much exposure you had, how many different products and which companies might be involved. Knowing this will allow us to tell you what kind of case you might have and where the case might be filed.