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Environmental Litigation

Benzene Litigation

SWMW Law works smarter, faster, and harder than anyone else to make sure you recover the compensation you and your family deserve from companies that made dangerous benzene products.  We will go above and beyond to help eliminate your stress and worry about paying for the medical care you need, and your mounting personal bills. We’ll negotiate fiercely to make sure you are compensated fairly for your pain and suffering. We’ll go the extra mile to help you, so you can focus on your health and your family.

Over the course of our attorneys’ careers, we have fought for hundreds people who have become sick injured from benzene. We have delivered millions of dollars in compensation for them.  But the most meaningful sign of a job well done is the sincere and heartfelt thanks our clients have shared with us over the years.

SWMW Law works fast to bring you justice. We will spring into action the moment you call us, and if we take your case, we will never stop working on it until it’s settled.

We understand that your medical bills are piling up, and you may not be well enough to work. So we work relentlessly to put money in your hands as quickly as possible. We don’t mess around. We get things done.

 

We Take Your Case at No Cost to You

It costs you nothing to have SWMW Law take on your case. Your consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we are successful at getting you the money you are owed. You’ll pay nothing out of pocket – you just pay us from the funds you are awarded.

 

Diseases Caused by Benzene

Exposure to benzene can cause serious illnesses, which are often fatal. Benzene is a known human carcinogen that has been medically linked to various cancers and diseases involving bone marrow and blood production, including:

  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

(AML – a signature disease almost exclusively linked to benzene exposure)

  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes/Myelodyplasia

 

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a sweet smelling, highly flammable liquid chemical sometimes used as a solvent to cut grease and dissolve rust. Benzene is commonly used in maintenance and repair work at home and in a number of commercial and industrial settings. It is a natural part of products such as crude oil and gasoline and ranks as one of the top 20 chemicals made and used in the United States. Benzene is often used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of products, which include:

  • Cleaners
  • Detergents
  • Dyes
  • Fats
  • Glues
  • Gums
  • Inks
  • Lubricants
  • Motor fuels
  • Nylon and other synthetic fibers
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Plastic
  • Resins
  • Rubber
  • Solvents
  • Waxes

Known Dangers of Benzene Exposure

The use of benzene in settings such as chemical and oil refineries and rubber production plants may put workers at risk of exposure to benzene. Exposure can occur through inhalation, skin absorption or ingestion.

SWMW Law is currently reviewing potential cases that involve workers who developed serious health problems after being exposed at work to benzene or materials containing benzene such as crude oil, gasoline, xylene, toluene and naphtha.

The dangers of benzene exposure and benzene’s connection to illnesses such as leukemia have been known and documented for more than 60 years. The American Petroleum Institute published a toxicological review of benzene in 1948, reporting that “(C)hronic benzene poisoning results from repeated or continuous exposure to relatively low concentrations of benzene vapor… It is generally considered that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero.”

Since then, additional medical and occupational safety research has repeatedly proved that even low-level exposures to benzene can contribute to increased risks of developing cancer.

 

How Were You Exposed to Benzene?

Dangerous benzene exposure most often occurs in industrial occupations, however, even exposures at home can cause disease. Benzene is easily absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin or when breathed in, and people who work in industries that manufacture benzene or use it to make other products may be at risk of developing serious side effects.

Some workers who may have a higher risk of benzene exposure include:

  • Auto or other heavy machinery mechanics
  • Chemical plant workers
  • Gas station workers
  • Gas truck drivers
  • Gasoline storage facility workers
  • Heavy construction workers
  • Miners
  • Newspaper pressmen or printers
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Painters
  • Railroad workers
  • Road workers
  • Rubber workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Shoe manufacturers
  • Steel workers

What to Expect

If we take your case, you’ll feel like you’re our only client. We’ll take care of you throughout the process, keeping you informed, answering your calls and returning your emails. You’ll never be left wondering what’s going on. Here’s what to expect:

  • To get started, just call us anytime day or night at (877) 205–4250 or contact us online.
  • We will come to you, wherever you are in the USA
  • You don’t pay us a dime unless we win your case. And you pay nothing out of pocket.
  • We’ll ask you a lot of questions to learn about your benzene exposure, and who is responsible for it.
  • We will investigate information we’ve obtained in our decades of experience representing families just like yours. We use information we’ve gathered from other benzene cases to use as evidence.
  • We will integrate your information with our team, and get everyone working immediately to file your case
  • We will keep you updated to let you know how your case is progressing
  • We will leave no stone unturned as we explore every possibility to help you obtain the just compensation you and your family deserve