Benzene Injury Law


Pressmen and printers routinely came into contact with benzene-containing inks, ink solvents and washes. As a result of those benzene exposures, employees who worked in the printing industry are at an elevated risk for developing myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Benzene is a known carcinogen, and there is no safe level of benzene exposure.

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    Oncologists rarely ask whether you worked around benzene. However, if you cleaned the presses, you were likely being exposed to benzene. Blanket washes and roller washes have contained benzene. Other common ways that pressmen would be exposed to benzene include evaporation from ink fountains, the paper post-exit, the paper web and filling fountains.  Historically, many workers in the printing industry actually washed their hands with benzene-containing solvents. These exposures can cause AML and MDS.

    Pressman/Printers & Benzene – Verdicts & Settlements

    Verdict (Pennsylvania, 2016)


    The Plaintiff, a printer in his mid-50s, sued US Steel after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. The Plaintiff alleged that US Steel manufactured benzene and that the benzene was a component of the inks and solvents he used between...

    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 (Texas, 2007)


    The Plaintiff worked as a pressman at the Frankston Packaging Co. Plaintiff was diagnosed with refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts (RARS). He alleged his diagnosis was a result of being exposed to benzene-containing blanket washes, press washes, varnish removers, plate...

    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 within the industry.

    Settlement (California, 2005)


    The Plaintiff, age 29, worked as a silk screen printer for four years. During this time, he was exposed to numerous paints and solvents that contained benzene. As a result of his benzene exposure, he suffered serious injuries to his...

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    The companies that produced, sold and utilized these benzene-containing products were aware of the dangers., and they waited decades before warning the users. If you worked with or around benzene-containing inks, ink solvents, or washes and have developed a blood or bone cancer, please contact an experienced benzene lawyer at 1-800-BENZENE. You may have a claim against the manufacturers of the products.

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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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