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Benzene Injury Law Blog

September Is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Acute myelogenous leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and multiple myeloma are some of the blood cancers that too many Americans become familiar with...

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Employee Exposure and Medical Records Act – OSHA Law Requiring Employers to Track Employees’ Exposures to Toxins in the Workplace

Workers who are exposed to toxic chemicals can work around those chemicals for years with no knowledge of the long-term effects of exposure. Many retire seemingly healthy, but years later develop cancers such as acute myeloid leukemia (AML), multiple myeloma(MM), and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Prior to 1980, it was a near-impossible task for mechanics, operators, mixers, loaders, plumbers, testers, foremen,...

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Shelby v. SeaRiver Maritime Inc. – Kidney Cancer Verdict

Maritime/ Jones Act/ Kidney Cancer Jury Verdict The Plaintiff was a maritime employee for the Defendant, SeaRiver Maritime Inc. (formerly known as Exxon Shipping...

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Liquid Wrench, Benzene and Leukemia

From 1960 to 1978, the lubricant Liquid Wrench contained dangerous levels of the carcinogen benzene. As a result, workers using Liquid Wrench during that era are at an elevated risk for blood and bone marrow cancers, including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).  Unfortunately, while Liquid Wrench worked great in terms of helping to loosen rusty bolts and screws,...

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Case Summary – Rubber Industry Workers Diagnosed with Leukemia

The plaintiffs were brothers Gary and Randy Eaves. They both worked for the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company from the 1970s to...

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Clark v. Kellogg, Brown & Root – AML & Benzene – Jones Act

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Maritime / Jones Act Verdict The Plaintiff, Aubrey Clark, was employed on several barges owned by the Defendant, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). He worked as a helper, rigger, and leadman throughout his employment from 1972 to 1986. His job required him to clean tools with  benzene  that was supplied to him by the Defendant. In 2006, he...

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Case Summary – Steel Mill Pipefitter Leukemia Settlement

The Plaintiff was employed as a pipefitter at US Steel’s Clairton Works in Pittsburgh. Many years before his leukemia diagnosis, he worked at the plant...

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Oil Refinery Leukemia Settlement

The decedent was a 53-year old woman who was employed as a contractor safety attendant.  She worked inside oil refineries owned by the co-defendant, Chevron. Approximately 14 months later, she developed leukemia, which resulted in her death in 2000. Her family claimed that her employer and the owners of the refineries where she was sent to work were negligent by failing to...

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Case Summary – Leukemia Verdict for Oil Refinery Millwright

The decedent was employed as a millwright at the Delaware City oil refinery for the Defendant, Texaco, from the early 1970s to 1988. In June 2003, he died as a result of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML). This was a wrongful death action filed by the millwright’s wife. She alleged that her husband’s benzene exposure and leukemia was a result of the refinery’s...

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