Benzene Injury Law

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Many workers who endured benzene exposures are at elevated risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mechanics, plumbers, gasoline tanker truck drivers, and maritime workers are some of the people with an elevated risk of contracting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a type of cancer that develops in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are part of the immune system and help fight off diseases. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the body produces too many abnormal lymphocytes. Tumors will often develop from these abnormal lymphocytes.  The cancerous lymphocytes generally accumulate in the lymph nodes, causing them to swell. However, the cancerous lymphocytes can also spread to the tonsils, bone marrow, spleen, lymphatic vessels, adenoids, and thymus.

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    Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can either develop in B cells or T cells. Most non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma develops in B cells. B cells help fight infections by producing antibodies. Types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that begin in B cells include diffuse B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma and Burkitt lymphoma. It is less common for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to occur in T cells. T cells kill virus-infected cells and help B cells make antibodies. Types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that develop in T cells include T-cell lymphoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

    What causes non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

    Occupational exposures to solvents like benzene, pesticides, and ionizing radiation have been associated with the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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    What are the Symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

    Symptoms and signs of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include enlarged lymph nodes, fever, fatigue, abdominal pain or swelling, weight loss, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, night sweats, easy bruising or bleeding, and frequent infections. To diagnose non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, doctors may conduct a physical examination and a variety of tests, including blood tests, urine tests, imaging tests, lymph nodes test, and bone marrow test.


    Treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

    Treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow transplant, and other drug therapies.

    Plaintiffs have received numerous settlements related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnoses stemming from previous benzene exposures. In 2007, a former hand painter who worked in the paint department of a promotions company received a settlement from the manufacturers of benzene-containing paint products that she used at work.

    In 2008, the family of a former lithographic printer who was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma received a settlement from manufacturers of the inks and solvents that he used during his career in the printing industry. Visit our Cases page to see real benzene case fact patterns and results.

    Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma - Benzene Verdicts and Settlements

    Verdict (California, 2015)


    The Plaintiff, a maritime worker, was exposed to benzene-containing crude oil and other carcinogens while working aboard ships owned by the Defendant and its predecessors from 1988 to 1996. The Plaintiff subsequently developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Thankfully, at the time of...

    Aggregate settlement (California, 2009)


    The 60-year-old Decadent developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after a 33-year career in the printing industry. During his time working as a lithographic printer, he was exposed to a variety of benzene-containing inks and solvents. The Decedent's estate named more than 60...

    Settlement (California, 2006)


    The 58-year-old Plaintiff developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to benzene in the many inks and solvents he encountered during his 37-year career in the printing industry. During this time he worked as a press operator and in other roles...

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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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