Benzene Injury Law

Benzene in Brake Cleaner

Mechanics and Leukemia: Does Brake Cleaner Cause Cancer?

Brake cleaning products have been used by mechanics and hobbyists for decades. Also referred to as “parts cleaner”, this mostly colorless cleaning fluid is a highly flammable, strong degreaser that leaves no residue once evaporated. This fast-drying solvent cleans grease, oil, brake fluid, and engine and brake parts.

What many people don’t know, however, is that brake cleaners contain ingredients that can cause cancer.

Free Case Evaluation

    Is Brake Cleaner Toxic?

    In short, yes – benzene is a known carcinogen. Brake cleaner instructions will recommend usage outside or in well ventilated areas. For professional mechanics, however, who experience prolonged exposure, ventilation does little to prevent inhalation and skin contact. Few companies provided proper warnings in 1960s and 1970s, when benzene levels were higher than today.

    Today, some of these toxic chemicals are now listed in the ingredients. There are loopholes in the law regarding warning labels. The true chemical composition may be hidden to protect “trade secrets”. And because it’s nearly impossible to use brake cleaner at a safe distance, inhalation is nearly unavoidable. Even with the use of a mask, you are still not 100% protected.


    Personal Injury Lawsuits for Brake Cleaner Exposure

    Many manufacturers of brake cleaners end up settling out of court because benzene is known to cause cancer. Mechanics who are diagnosed with AML, MDS, NHL or (MM) can successfully sue for damages after working with brake cleaners for many years.

    The personal injury attorneys here at Hughes Law Offices focus on benzene exposure. They have the experience needed to navigate such complicated cases. If you have been diagnosed with leukemia, we recommend acting quickly to preserve any legal rights you may have.

    If you are a mechanic or auto shop employee who regularly works with brake cleaning products, and you have received a diagnosis of AML, MDS, NHL, MM, or other type of leukemia, please contact Hughes Law Offices today. Request an appointment online, or call 1-800-BENZENE to speak directly with one of our benzene attorneys.


    Questions? We Can Help! Contact Us Today!

    Client Testimonials

    Find Out More From Our Clients

    One Court Street Alton IL 62002 US
    (618) 681-9999
    5/5 based on 7 reviews

    Wrongful Death Case

    My family hired attorney Hughes for the wrongful death of my brother. Mr. Hughes worked very hard on our case, the results were excellent. I would recommend him to anyone needing an attorney, he is a very fair and kind person.

    Unique Expertise

    Andrew took over my asthma claim with the railroad after a different law firm failed to meet expectations. Andrew’s unique expertise in the field of diesel related injury gave him the ability to build my case exceptionally well. When Andrew presented...

    Professional and Trustworthy

    From my very first contact with Andrew we have found him to be compassionate, hard working and trust worthy. In the eight months we were associated with Andrew we feel he has also become a friend of ours...

    Worked Diligently

    For the past two years Andrew Hughes has worked diligently in helping me with my case against the Norfolk Southern R.R. During this time he has kept me thoroughly informed about my case his expertise led to me getting a generous settlement...

    Verdicts and Settlements

    Survey of Benzene

    Hughes Law Offices is providing case histories to inform visitors about actual case fact patterns and rulings.
    Unless specifically noted, the cases summarized herein were not handled by attorneys at Hughes Law Offices.
    See All Verdicts



    Helper/rigger/leadman on barges diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia via benzene exposure. Plaintiff exposed to benzene via solvents used to clean tools. Employer provided the solvents. Older versions of Liquid Wrench contained high mixtures of benzene.



    Gasoline tanker truck driver diagnosed with blood cancer following years of benzene exposure at defendant’s premises. Benzene was component of the fuel that he was loading and hauling.



    Plaintiff had a 39-year career with Sabine Towing. Throughout his career, plaintiff held various positions, including seaman, quartermaster, boatswain, third mate, second mate, chief mate and master..



    Able-bodied seaman diagnosed with kidney cancer as a result of exposure to benzene and other hydrocarbons while loading and discharging crude oil and other products, cleaning tanks and measuring tank levels.



    In his 30s at the time, decedent was a contracted tanker truck driver who regularly transported toxic products. As a result, he was regularly exposed to chemicals containing benzene.



    Plaintiff’s decedent had worked as a pump man aboard various tankers in the early 1970s and early 1980s where he was exposed to benzene. In 1994, about 15 years since his last exposure to benzene, the decedent was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

    Questions? We Can Help! Contact Us Today!