Representative Cases

Survey of Benzene
Verdicts and Settlements

Benzene settlements and verdicts vary by disease, jurisdiction, applicable law, defendants and handling attorneys. Bear in mind, some cases have resulted in “not guilty” verdicts where the sickened plaintiff received nothing. For your information, Hughes Law Offices has compiled a few benzene settlements and verdicts below.

As you can see, these cases often involve benzene along with other toxins. Please bear in mind that no two cases are alike, but these benzene settlements and verdicts should give you some guidance regarding the fact patterns of successful cases, including affected trades, the types of exposures, and illnesses attributable to benzene.

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

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    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. Plaintiff was diagnosed as having myeloproliferative disorder, a blood disease, which soon evolved...



    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 claimed this exposure lead to the decedent’s diagnosis of myelodysplastic...



    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...



    CNW and UP railroad trackman developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) as a result of long-term exposures to creosote, degreasing solvents and lead. Railroad failed to provide necessary protective clothing and training.



    48 year old petroleum inspector diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia via benzene exposure while working on ships and barges. Plaintiff brought products liability (failure to warn) case against refineries. Leukemia in remission at time of verdict.



    Plaintiff worked as a pressman at the Frankston Packaging Co. Plaintiff was diagnosed with refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS). He alleged his diagnosis was a result of being exposed to benzene and benzene-containing products in blanket washes, press washes,...



    40-year-old decedent spent most of his life working as a missionary and a pastor of a small church. However, to make ends meet, decedent spent one year working as an aircraft painter at McDonnell Douglas. Eleven years after he began...



    From 1965 through 1978, Plaintiff worked at Shell gas stations as a gas station attendant pumping gas and performing various mechanic tasks on automobiles using Shell Oil products. These products contained benzene. In 2009, Plaintiff was diagnosed with a form...



    Railroad machinist exposed to heavy concentrations of diesel exhaust in Norfolk Southern’s roundhouse in Roanoke, Virginia as well as benzene-containing solvents and degreasers diagnosed with multiple myeloma which resulted in his death three years after diagnosis.

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