Benzene Injury Law


Safety-Kleen, Naphtha, CRC Brakleen, Liquid Wrench, and Gumout - did you work with those products? If so, you may have been exposed to benzene.

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    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.  Hughes Law Offices sues manufacturers of the products that sickened our clients.  If you or a loved one worked as a mechanic and have been diagnosed with a form of leukemia, call us today at 1-800-BENZENE.

    Which Illnesses are caused by Benzene Exposures?

    Mechanics’ benzene exposures can lead to numerous diseases, including:

    If a mechanic has been diagnosed with one of those diseases, the mechanic or his or her family may have a claim against the product manufacturers that contributed to the illness.


    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 were not 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.

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    How were Mechanics Exposed to Benzene?

    Benzene can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled and ingested. Historically, products used by mechanics which contained benzene, included:


    Mechanics - Leukemia Verdicts & Settlements

    Settlement (Florida, 2020)


    The Plaintiff, a lifelong mechanic, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in his late 40’s. He alleged that he was exposed to benzene while using products such as Liquid Wrench, Marvel Mystery Oil, Safety-Kleen, and mineral spirits. His earliest exposures to benzene-containing products...

    Settlement (California, 2019)


    The Plaintiff worked as an automotive mechanic, auto body repairman, and automobile painter for over forty years. During this time, he used a number of benzene-containing automotive solvents and paints. The Plaintiff alleged that these exposures caused him to develop...

    Confidential (Louisiana, 2013)


    The Plaintiff worked as a general mechanic for Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp. at their Louisiana industrial facility from 1973 to 1978. The Plaintiff’s work required him to use large amounts of Liquid Wrench which, at the time, was purportedly...

    Confidential (Massachusetts, 2010)


    The survivors of a deceased automobile mechanic alleged he was exposed to benzene while using Safety-Kleen solvent during his employment. His exposure to benzene led to the development of acute myeloid leukemia. Following his death, his widow brought suit against...

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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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    Helper/rigger/leadman on barges diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia via benzene exposure. Plaintiff exposed to benzene via solvents used to clean tools. Employer provided the solvents. Older versions of Liquid Wrench contained high mixtures of benzene.



    Gasoline tanker truck driver diagnosed with blood cancer following years of benzene exposure at defendant’s premises. Benzene was component of the fuel that he was loading and hauling.



    Plaintiff had a 39-year career with Sabine Towing. Throughout his career, plaintiff held various positions, including seaman, quartermaster, boatswain, third mate, second mate, chief mate and master..



    Able-bodied seaman diagnosed with kidney cancer as a result of exposure to benzene and other hydrocarbons while loading and discharging crude oil and other products, cleaning tanks and measuring tank levels.



    In his 30s at the time, decedent was a contracted tanker truck driver who regularly transported toxic products. As a result, he was regularly exposed to chemicals containing benzene.



    Plaintiff’s decedent had worked as a pump man aboard various tankers in the early 1970s and early 1980s where he was exposed to benzene. In 1994, about 15 years since his last exposure to benzene, the decedent was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

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