Louisiana Benzene Attorneys
Landry & Swarr
Many people have heard of asbestos and the deadly side effects of asbestos exposure. However, you may not know that exposure to benzene can have similar effects.
If you or a loved one believes you may have been exposed to a toxic chemical, contact the Louisiana Benzene Attorneys at Landry & Swarr today. In certain cases, the victims of benzene exposure are legally entitled to compensation for a range of things including their suffering and loss of wages.
What is Benzene?
Originally manufactured from coal tar, benzene is a highly flammable chemical solvent used in the manufacturing of many common products such as rubber, detergent, lubricants, drugs, and pesticides. It is also found naturally in volcanoes, crude oil, and fossil fuels, among other sources.
Benzene is one of the top 20 most commonly used chemicals in the United States and is a colorless liquid with a sweet-smelling odor. It dissolves slightly in water and evaporates quickly.
Dangerous effects of benzene exposure
The negative effects of benzene consumption and exposure have been noted since the late 1800s, and by the 1960’s it was established that benzene was responsible for several fatal illnesses.
Some of the fatal illnesses that can develop as a result of long-term benzene exposure include:
- Asplastic anemia
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
These diseases often do not show symptoms immediately as they are a result of the long-term effects of benzene on the blood.
Additional immediate symptoms of exposure to Benzene may include:
- Rapid heart date
If you are concerned you may have been exposed to benzene, those symptoms may indicate that you should be checked by a medical professional for benzene exposure. If you have worked in any of the following industries, you may be at an increased risk for illness due to benzene exposure.
Louisiana industries with high instances of benzene exposure
Louisiana, and especially metro New Orleans, has an abundance of industries and jobs in fields like the oil and petroleum sectors where toxic chemicals can be prevalent in the workplace.
Industries where benzene exposure is more common:
- petroleum processing
- paint and varnish production
- waste management
- rubber processing
- solvent production
- adhesive production
- auto mechanic
- laboratory technician
- hauling and tank cleaning
- de-greasing operations
- gasoline production
- pesticide production
- detergent production
If you have worked in any of these industries and experienced symptoms of either immediate benzene exposure or long-term exposure, you should seek medical treatment. Initially, your physician may look at your patient history and symptoms, followed by an X-ray, CT or CAT scan, MRI, and eventually a biopsy if symptoms indicate that this is necessary. Correct identification of both the cause of your illness and the illness itself will allow you to find the best treatment necessary for your condition. Additionally, if you have certain diseases resulting from benzene exposure, you may qualify for compensation under the local and federal laws.
How can Louisiana benzene lawyers help?
If you have been exposed to benzene and have developed on of the serious diseases as a result, or if you think this might be the situation for you or a loved one, don’t take changes with attorneys who do not have direct experience in this area of the law.
We are a local, New Orleans Louisiana based firm serving local families. At Landry & Swarr, our staff has the experience necessary to ensure that you are compensated for the losses you have suffered as a result of this irresponsible exposure by your employer or other site managers.
Don’t Wait – Contact us Today
If you or someone you love has been exposed to benzene and become ill as a result, call Landry & Swarr today. The sooner you call, the sooner our team can begin building your case and helping you to receive the compensation you are entitled to under the law.