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Why Work With A Leukemia Lawyer?

Who We Are

Andrew Hughes and Tom Guillen are two lawyers that understand how benzene can cause leukemia. Both of these leukemia lawyers began their career in toxic tort defense. Toxic tort cases are complex undertakings. The defendants in these cases have been developing tactics for decades. Andrew and Tom now use the skills they learned to represent individuals who have been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and other bone and blood cancers. Andrew has more than 20 years of litigation experience and Tom actually worked in refineries and power plants before becoming a lawyer.

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    Why We Are Different

    When you call 1-800-BENZENE, your potential claim will be evaluated by an experienced leukemia lawyer. We do not rely on “intake specialists” who read from a script. You will not need to pick from options in an automated phone system. You will not be transferred around before talking with a lawyer. When you do speak with us, a lawyer will be asking questions relative to your experience. And we know that your lifetime of exposures cannot be summarized in a ten-minute interview.

    How We Do It

    We will ask mechanics about parts washers, brake cleaners, and other solvents and degreasers that we know contained benzene. We know that printers and pressmen used benzene-containing press washes and blanket washes. We appreciate that top loading would needlessly expose tanker truck drivers to enough benzene vapors to cause leukemia. Railroad employees, maritime workers, and people who worked in the oilfields all have unique experiences and exposures.  The petroleum industry has known about the dangers of benzene since the 1940’s.  Despite that knowledge, these petro-chemical conglomerates have been downplaying the risk to workers like you. Most workers were never properly informed that the products they were using day in and day out could cause leukemia.

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    Important Factors

    Medical Causation:  From the outset, we consult with toxicologists, epidemiologists, and other experts when we evaluate your case. In order to establish that your illness was caused by benzene exposures, we rely upon numerous testifying experts. Selecting the wrong expert can end your case. It is helpful if your treating oncologist relates your leukemia to past benzene exposures. Oncologists will often inform patients that their leukemia is environmental, as opposed to genetic. Those opinions can be valuable.

    Comorbidities/family history:  On the other hand, a heavy smoking history or family history of similar cancers may weaken a benzene claim. We will typically review the risk factors for the form of leukemia during our intakes to determine all plausible explanations for the disease.

    Statute of Limitations:  Another hurdle is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations requires plaintiff’s to file their lawsuit within a set time period after diagnosis. The applicable statute of limitations varies by state. In most states, plaintiff’s have two years from the date of diagnosis to file their claim. The statute of limitation can be shorter or longer depending on where your injuries occurred.

    Benzene Cases Are Not Straightforward

    It takes more than knowing that benzene causes certain cancers. A good leukemia lawyer needs to know which defendants are responsible for your injuries. They must have relationships with accomplished experts. They must be familiar with the laws of your jurisdiction. They must know your trade and appreciate the pathways of benzene exposure unique to your craft. We have clients who were turned down by other firms because those firms didn’t ask the right questions. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AML, MDS, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), or multiple myeloma (MM), call 1-800-BENZENE today and speak with a leukemia lawyer.

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    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...

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    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...

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