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Benzene and the Jones Act

"For decades after knowledge of its cancer-causing attributes, many shipping companies, tanker companies, and maritime employers failed to protect Seaman and workers from the dangers of benzene. Many Seaman were needlessly injured by benzene." Jones Act Attorney - Bill Turley

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The First Step

Many times I have witnessed Jones Act Cases Be thrown out before it has even started. Why? Because the claimant was not honest or not truthful. And a lot of times, those people do not understand why their case was dismissed.

I have to be frank here. You have to be honest on everything about your case. You need to make sure that all the good and bad facts are brought to the table from the beginning. If you do not, then you will lose. Sometimes the truth hurts, but remember it is the truth that sets you free.

The Next Step

If you want to win your Jones Act Case, you need to make sure to take the proper steps. I have been handling Jones Act Cases since the 1980's. I have seen and learned a lot.

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Benzene is a colorless, aromatic liquid that evaporates rapidly under ordinary atmospheric conditions. Benzene's dangerous properties are masked by its pleasant, sweet smell. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor that evaporates into the air quickly and dissolves slightly in water.   Many Seaman are not facing serious injuries due to benzene exposure. 

Benzene Is a Toxic Substance

The Environmental Protection Agency has classified benzene as a known human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have also determined that benzene has been linked to the development of blood cancers and blood disorders several years after exposure. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, benzene is  a known carcinogen.

In 1928, there was a reported  correlation between benzene exposure and leukemia. By 1948, the American Petroleum Institute published a report linking benzene to leukemia. The API - an industry group - concluded that the only safe level of benzene exposure is no exposure at all.

Today, we know that benzene targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain and can cause DNA strand breaks, chromosomal damage, etc. The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. (Long-term exposure means exposure of a year or more.) Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia. 

Benzene, Cancer and Leukemia

Benzene has been linked to the following cancers

- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Benzene Exposure and Jones Act Seaman

For decades after knowledge of its cancer-causing attributes, many shipping companies, tanker companies, and maritime employers failed to protect Seaman and  workers from the dangers of benzene.  At one time, benzene was used as a solvent itself. Today, benzene is  a common component of solvents, de-greasers and mineral spirits. It is also contained in products used to clean and de-grease tools, clean machine parts, and de-rust metal parts.

According to OSHA, benzene is primarily an inhalation hazard. In addition, ,ethyl benzene is rapidly absorbed through the skin; absorption through the skin of the hands and forearms. 

What To Do?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) or any other type of leukemia and you worked on vessels, barges, tankers, and/or ships and you were exposed to solvents/ benzene then you may have a Jones Act Benzene case against the vessel owner and/or your employer.  We suggest you contact a Jones Act Benzene Lawyer in order to assess your legal rights. You and your family may be entitled to significant compensation under the Jones Act and general maritime law. 

For More Great Free Information on Benzene and the Jones Act:

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Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley

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