Gary Eaves was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013 at age 59 and died in 2015. Randy Eaves was diagnosed when he was 59 years old with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) that progressed to acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Randy died as a result of AML in 2018.
The Plaintiffs claimed that the Defendant, Union Oil (owned by Ashland Inc.) manufactured the solvents the brothers used at work. They claimed that the Defendant knew or should have known that exposure to solvents that contain benzene was hazardous and carcinogenic. Plaintiffs claim that the Defendants failed to warn about the danger of benzene and failed to provide protective clothing and equipment.
In 2019, a jury awarded over $21 million to the two brothers’ families.
Rubber Industry Exposures to Benzene
Benzene can be absorbed through the skin, ingested or inhaled. Those in the rubber production industry may be exposed to benzene and other chemicals through gases, vapors, fumes and chemical byproducts produced throughout the process. Rubber production involves operations such as milling, curing, finishing, and painting. Different stages of production may potentially pose a risk for exposure to benzene.
The rubber industry is complex and varies in tasks, products used, and processes. The wide use of chemicals can make it difficult to connect certain cancers with specific chemicals. However, studies have found that leukemia incidence is increased in the rubber production industry. Benzene-containing products are a known cause of leukemia and other bone and blood cancers.
Rubber Industry Illnesses
Employees who worked in the rubber production industry may have an increased risk of developing leukemia and other benzene-related illnesses due to their exposure. If you or a loved one have been employed in rubber production and have been diagnosed with a form of leukemia you may have a claim. Call Benzene Lawyers at 1-800-BENZENE to learn more today.
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