Pre Settlement Funding On Benzene Lawsuit Settlements Now Available!
In their report, Hazard Communication in the 21st Century Workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration stated that more than 30 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous chemicals at work. The chemical exposure stretches across more than 650,000 different chemical products and just 3 million employer establishments. One of the most insidious of these hazardous chemicals is benzene.
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a compound of both hydrogen and carbon, also known as a hydrocarbon. It is classified as aromatic due to the delocalized bonding of the molecule’s electrons. Benzene can come from natural sources such as volcanoes. However, as a natural part of crude oil, it is often derived when coal and petroleum are processed. Benzene is used as an additive in many different materials such as nylon, rubber, lubricants, detergents and pesticides.
The Problem with Benzene
When you work in an industry that produces products using benzene as an additive, you are exposed to higher levels of benzene than you would be if you were exposed to it outdoors from a natural source. This can bring on immediate illness.
Short-term exposure and symptoms aren’t the real concern, however. The real problems start when employees have long-term exposure of one year or more to benzene. You see, this chemical is not only breathed in but it is also absorbed through the skin and infiltrates the blood. When this happens, benzene can damage an individual’s bone marrow creating anemia. It can also suppress the immune system and cause leukemia—a type of blood or bone marrow cancer.
OSHA has set stringent requirements for possible exposure to benzene. They have stated that workers should be exposed to no more than one part benzene per million parts of air in an eight-hour workday for no more than 40 hours per week. The one exception would be for short-term exposure which is set to five parts benzene per million parts of air for no more than 15 minutes.
Getting Lawsuit Financing For Benzene Lawsuit Settlements
If you feel that your employer has breached these OSHA standards or if you have suffered a physical illness due to your exposure to benzene, contact Pravati Capital today. We have a large network of attorneys who are experienced with fighting benzene cases and can help you get the medical expense and lost wage reimbursement that you deserve. We can also help fund the case before the trial is completed so that you can continue to get the medical help you need without being forced to settle the case quickly for less than you deserve. At Pravati Capital, it is our goal to help individuals who have been negatively affected by benzene exposure. Give us a call to find out how we can help you begin to make your life whole again.