» Benzene Attorney Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:04:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How much time to do you have to file a benzene lawsuit Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:01:56 +0000 How much time that you have to file a benzene lawsuit depends on the statute of limitations. ┬áThat statute is basically a law that limits the amount of time that you have to file. Watch the Video for More info.

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Colorado Clears Three Oil Co’s in Benzene Probe, But Will Focus on Fourth Mon, 07 Sep 2009 02:44:20 +0000 On May 30, 2008 Ned Prather stopped by his cabin northwest of Parachute Colorado. After  drinking water from his spring, he became violently ill and went to the hospital.

Testing of his water source revealed the presence of benzene, a carcinogenic substance used in oil and gas drilling.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission responded by issuing notices of alleged violation to four oil and gas companies operating near the creek. The commission later dropped allegations against three of the companies after tests they say revealed that the contamination was coming from west of the creek, where only Williams Productions has operations.

Commission Director Dave Neslin:

“But we have not yet identified a specific release point.” 

Not surprisingly, Williams spokeswoman Susan Alvillar denies that the company is responsible.

How does she know? The company’s own investigations, of course.

According to Richard Djokic, an attorney representing Prather and other partial owners of the affected property, his clients are upset that potential polluters are off the hook before the benzene source has even been determined.  


“They’ve asked the suspects to conduct the investigation,”

The ongoing benzene contamination has harmed Prather’s hunting outfitting business.

Prather’s story is not rare, property owners who live in proximity to oil and gas exploration and development have always faced potential water contamination problems. Of course, the companies are always sure that they are no to blame. It may be difficult to prove, but the fact is the benzene in Prather’s spring came from some type of oil and gas co. operation.

Benzene is an organic solvent used widely in the industrial sector. Exposure to benzene is linked with debilitating and potentially fatal bone marrow failure disorders like, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and acute myeloid leukemia.

Those who have been wrongfully harmed by benzene should speak with a benzene attorney and discuss their case. Benzene victims have nothing to loose by speaking to a benzene attorney as most do not accept payment unless a case is successful.

If you have been harmed by benzene, call a benzene attorney today, you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your ordeal.


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Indiana Chem Plant Will Pay Fine, Make Repairs Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:32:44 +0000 According to the Indianapolis Star, the Indianapolis based chemical plant Vertellus, formerly Reily Tar & Chemical Co., has agreed to pay a 425,000 in fines and to a two year  $705,000 repair plan aimed at leak prevention and emissions monitoring.

Failure to comply with [chemical] leak detection and repair requirements under federal emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants was the rap.

The company arrogantly professed:

"[Vertellus] is confident that these emissions did not have any effect on it’s employees or neighbors."


"Vertillus is confident that you people can’t prove anything and cannot afford to oppose us. Don’t mess with us…

Benzene has a long history of association with illness. Even when first manufactured in the early 1800′s, benzene was suspected of harming human health. In 1928 the first study came out validating long held fears that benzene increases the risk of leukemia. In 1948 the American Petroleum Institute published a toxicological review of benzene stating that benzene caused leukemia, and that there was no safe exposure level.

Since then many studies have firmly established that benzene exposure can lead to acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and more. 

A recent study on Chinese workers found that airborne benzene levels of just 1ppm, (allowable levels according to OSHA and NIOSH standards,) caused a notable reduction in blood cell production. This shed light on the possibility that long term exposure to even minute levels of the chemical could lead to the bone marrow failure disorders mentioned in the above paragraph.

Over a hundred years of evidence links benzene to sickness and death. Thishas lead to reductions in it’s use, and stricter regulation by OSHA and NIOSH limiting work place exposure. Both agencies still allow some airborne benzene to be present in work environments.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by benzene, a benzene lawyer is your best bet. Benzene lawyers know how to handle powerful corporations and make them pay for carelessly harming workers, and those who live in close proximity to industry.




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Texas Family Sues Chevron, Blames Benzene for Father’s Death Mon, 29 Jun 2009 13:36:38 +0000 The widow and children of a deceased Texas man have filed a lawsuit against Chevron alleging that the man died wrongfully as a result of benzene exposure.

"As a result of such exposure, Luther Wesley Miller, developed multiple myeloma from which he died a painful and terrible death on Feb. 7, 2008," the lawsuit  filed June 19 in Jefferson County District Court states.

The suit alleges that Chevron knew that benzene exposure leads to deadly blood conditions and cancers (which of course they did), yet still allowed employees to work around the chemicals.

The suit also claims that Chevron failed to warn workers of the dangers associated with benzene exposure, and failed to take precautions to avoid exposing Miller to the chemical.

Thousands of workers, in the process of simply doing their jobs, have been needlessly sickened, and have died as a result of benzene exposure. The list of debilitating and potentially deadly blood disorders associated with benzene exposure is not short and includes not only multiple myeloma, but also aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, acute myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphocytic leukemia, and others. 

Almost anyone employed in the industrial sector is at increased risk of benzene exposure. Don’t assume that your employer is fully disclosing, or taking adequate measures to protect you from the dangers of the chemicals you regularly come into contact with on the job.

Today, in the age of information, workers have an unprecedented opportunity to learn the facts about the chemicals they are expected to use, and how to protect themselves from exposure to those chemicals while performing their jobs.

If you have been wrongfully sickened by benzene exposure, contact a benzene lawyer immediately. Many states have statutes of limitations (time limits) which may exclude you from obtaining compensation.

With the assistance of benzene lawyers, many workers who have been wrongfully exposed to benzene have persevered over even the largest corporations. Most benzene lawyers will take no payment unless your case is successful. 

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Benzene: a History of Sickness Thu, 14 May 2009 03:56:28 +0000 The World Health Organization estimates that up to 1/4 of all disease stems from environmental toxins. If this is truly the case, it means that toxic chemicals released by humans into the environment are sickening millions of people around the globe. At the greatest risk of health degrading chemical exposure are those living in developing countries where environmental laws are often weak or non-existent. In the U.S. while we have better laws around pollution and toxic chemical disposal than many developing nations, it is still important to take action on a personal level to protect yourself and your family from environmental toxins.

Of particular concern is the chemical Benzene. This aromatic hydrocarbon is present in many forms of pollution. Benzene is a commodity chemical that industry still depends on. The chemical has been in continuous use since the early 1800′s when it was first manufactured by distilling coal. By the end of that century benzene was highly valued and widely used as an industrial solvent, but people were beginning to suspect benzene was associated with blood disorders. Today many epidemiologic studies have confirmed that even low levels of benzene exposure are associated with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In 1928 the first study came out suggesting that benzene increased the risk of leukemia. Since then it has been firmly established that benzene causes acute myelogenous leukemia, and acute lymphocytic leukemia, among others. 

In 1948 the American Petroleum Institute published a toxicological review of benzene stating that benzene caused leukemia, and that there was no safe exposure level.

The more than a hundred years of evidence linking benzene to sickness and death has lead to reductions in it’s use, and stricter regulation by OSHA and NIOSH limiting work place exposure. Unfortunately both agencies still allow some airborne benzene to be present in work environments. 

If you have spent years working in almost any industrial environment you are at increased risk of benzene related illness, and should educate yourself as to the benzene exposure possibilities specific to your occupation. Workers sickened by benzene can often gain monetary compensation for their injuries, and should seek the free advice of a qualified benzene attorney without delay.


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Thirty-Eight Hospitalized After Benzene Exposure in East China Tue, 21 Apr 2009 15:06:55 +0000 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.




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Is the Trans Alaska Pipeline Polluting Snow? Mon, 20 Apr 2009 03:57:44 +0000 Scientists at the University of Alaska (UAS) have discovered significant levels of benzene and other organic solvents in snowpacks around Valdez Alaska. The town is located at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline and is where tankers are loaded with crude oil.

The researchers took snow cores from around Valdez and compared them to samples from Juneau, an area with a similar climate but lacking petroleum transport infrastructure.

"Our research suggests a source of pollutants in Valdez that is not found at Juneau one possibility is the trans-Alaska pipeline."- UAS scientist Jonathan Bower to environmentalresearchweb.

The source of the benzene contamination has not been determined but researchers suggested the Ballast Water Treatment Facility may be to blame. The facility treats ballast water from the holds of tankers, and vents fumes directly into the atmosphere. UAS scientist Jonathan Bower suggested measures should be taken to recover the fumes in order to reduce pollution.

It is fortunate for those living in Valdez that this health risk has been identified. Hopefully locals will push for a solution that involves eliminating the source of the pollution and cleaning up the mess as much as possible.

Unfortunately those living and working in and around the oil and gas industry are at increased risk of benzene exposure. Prolonged exposure to benzene is known to cause serious health problems such as aplastic anemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes. Anyone who’s health has been wrongfully damaged by benzene has a right to seek compensation for their injuries and should speak discuss their situation with a qualified benzene attorney




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Texas City Redidents Sue BP Over Chemical Release Sun, 12 Apr 2009 00:36:03 +0000 In Texas City, Texas, 143 residents have filed a lawsuit against BP (British Petroleum) in response to a 2007 incident in which the refinery released toxic chemicals into the air, negatively affecting workers, and those living near by. 

Apparently there were two releases, one involving a powdery cloud that caused residents skin and eye  irritation, and one that put 110 workers in the hospital for treatment and decontamination.

The chemical releases contained benzene, aluminum silica, and many more harmful chemicals.

The suit alleges that BP failed to properly maintain the refinery, monitor refinery operations, identify safety hazards, discover a dangerous condition, and warn plaintiffs of that condition.

In the wake of the releases plaintiffs complained of being unable to live comfortably in their homes, and deteriorating health.

Benzene, a well known carcinogen, causes a host of debilitating diseases including aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and acute myelogenous leukemia, to name a few. 

Unfortunately chemical releases such as this are far from unheard of.  Those who are employed by, or live in close proximity, to oil refineries face in increased risk of benzene exposure. If you feel your health has been affected by exposure to benzene, contact a benzene attorney without delay.  



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