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Mechanics & Benzene

Safety-Kleen, Naphtha, Liquid Wrench, and Gumout? Did you work with those products? If so, you may have been exposed to benzene. Benzene has been a known carcinogen for decades and it was historically found in many popular products used by mechanics for cleaning parts and tools.
 
Unfortunately, we now know that benzene exposures can lead to occupational diseases, including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). If a current or former mechanic has been diagnosed with one of those diseases, he or his family may have a claim against the product manufacturers that caused the illness.

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Why is that? The manufacturers of many benzene-containing products used by automobile and diesel mechanics were aware that benzene caused cancer and yet the end-users of those products – the mechanics – were never properly warned. Mechanics working in the 1970s and 1980s weren’t told to wear personal protective equipment like rubber gloves or respirators. In fact, many of the mechanics of that era actually washed their hands in the same benzene-containing toxins that they used to clean car and truck parts.

Benzene can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled and ingested. Benzene was found at elevated levels in many lubricants, paints, degreasers, and thinners. Benzene exposures cause genetic damage which eventually leads to certain blood and bone marrow cancers, including AML, MDS, NHL, and Multiple Myeloma.  

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To find out if you or a loved one has a claim, call 1-800-BENZENE now and speak with a knowledgeable benzene attorney. If you’d like to learn more about how these benzene cases work, click here to review a survey of benzene settlements and verdicts.

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