Yesterday thirty-eight workers and villagers were poisoned and hospitalized after inhaling benzene gas at a village in east China’s Zhejiang Province.
The poisoning took place as workers dismantled tanks that had contained the chemical.
Short term exposure to benzene causes immediate depression of the central nervous system. Symptoms include drowsiness, headache, dizziness, loss coordination, loss of conciousness, and if levels are high enough, immediate death.
Long term exposure to the chemical has been shown to cause a variety of rare blood disorders and cancers including:
- aplastic anemia
- myelodysplastic syndromes
- acute myelogenous leukemia
- non-Hodgkins lymphoma
If you are suffering from one of the above conditions, and have been employed in an industrial setting, you could benefit from discussing your situation with a qualified benzene attorney. You may be able to receive compensation for your injury.