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Published on April 27th, 2022 by Andrew Hughes

As a result of exposures to benzene, workers throughout New Jersey may be at elevated risk for leukemia. Benzene is a clear organic chemical with a sweet aroma. Benzene was historically present in petroleum-based products, including fuels, degreasers, lubricants, and thinners.

Illnesses Caused By Benzene Exposures

Benzene is a Class 1 carcinogen that causes myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and other bone and blood cancers. The lawyers at Hughes Law Offices are experienced leukemia lawyers serving New Jersey workers sickened by benzene exposures.

Who is at Risk for Leukemia from Benzene?

Oil refinery workers and tradespeople who work in chemical facilities are at a higher risk of developing multiple myeloma and leukemia. Most boilermakers, pipefitters, engineers, laborers, and machinists in chemical facilities would have been exposed to benzene. Individuals involved in transporting chemicals by trucks, barges, ships, and trains, are also at risk for dangerous exposures. Hooking up hoses and checking tank levels are common routes of exposure. Gasoline tanker truck drivers, gas station attendants, mechanics, and printers were commonly exposed to benzene. Brake cleaners, penetrating oils, gasoline, and inks have all contained benzene. Even today, New Jersey workers are being exposed to hazardous levels of benzene.

New Jersey Industries where Benzene was Present

New Jersey is home to various industries whose workers were historically exposed to benzene. For instance, New Jersey is home to two major refineries, and there were four other refineries shut down between 2010 and 2017. New Jersey plays a substantial role in the distribution of fuel and chemicals to the Northeast. Shipping complexes on the New Jersey/New York harbor and the Delaware River are crisscrossed with pipeline and rail terminals. The largest petroleum products hub in the United States is in New Jersey. Countless individuals from New Jersey working in these and other industries have spent years around benzene-containing products.

Is New Jersey a Good Place to file a Benzene Leukemia Lawsuit?

The short answer is yes; benzene cases are frequently brought in New Jersey courts.  Why is that?  There are many reasons, but a primary one relates to experts. In order to prove up your case, leukemia law firms like Hughes Law Offices must retain a team of experts. These experts are needed to help connect your benzene exposures to your resulting illness. In New Jersey, the laws regarding the admissibility of expert testimony are relatively favorable to plaintiffs. The strength of your benzene case is often based on the strength of the expert team assembled by your lawyers. It is of the utmost importance that your lawyer knows which experts to retain in every case.

Oil Refinery, Chemical & Petrochemical plant abstract at night.

We May Be Able To Help

Benzene-related claims are difficult cases. Hughes Law Offices has experience with benzene cases throughout the United States. If you or a loved one has worked around benzene and been diagnosed with leukemia, call 1-800-BENZENE today and speak with a lawyer.

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