Benzene is a highly dangerous chemical compound, known to cause multiple cancer, including various types of leukemia and other terminal diseases. Long-term exposure can lead to these tragic side effects, but directly ingesting the compound can have immediate consequences. One family in Fiji recently learned this lesson the hard way, when their child drank Benzene from a soft drink bottle.
The Fiji Times Online reports that a two-year-old Labasa child inadvertently drank benzene that was stored in an empty Sprite bottle. Local law enforcement spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri told the Fiji Times Online that the child was admitted at the Labasa Hospital.
“The mother of the child was raking the compound outside and the child was playing in the compound,” the inspector said. “He saw the Sprite bottle that contained benzene and thought it was juice so he drank the liquid. His mum noticed something was wrong so she rushed him to the hospital.”
The inspector went on to point out that parents should keep benzene and benzene-containing products outside their children’s reach, and while that certainly goes without saying, it’s also worth emphasizing that benzene is dangerous in any capacity. Even if not ingested, the presence of benzene can have severe health ramification for anyone exposed, and is best left out of the home completely.
As for the young victim in this story, he is reportedly in stable condition, and his mother has been questioned by authorities. It has not been reported why the family was storing benzene in soft drink bottles, nor what specific symptoms were suffered by the child.
At Nadrich & Cohen, we have been fighting on behalf of benzene exposure victims for years, and we have seen firsthand the devastating effects of the compound. Benzene exposure most commonly occurs in refineries, commercial painting environments, pesticide manufacturing and more. If you work in any type of factory and do not know whether benzene is used in the manufacturing process, ask your employers.
If you or someone you love has already developed a serious medical condition—such as Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Myelodyspastic Syndrome (MDS), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia, Aplastic Anemia—as a result of benzene exposure, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call Nadrich & Cohen at 1-800-722-0765 to receive a free, confidential consultation today. We are contingency lawyers, and we won’t charge you a dime if we don’t win your case. Call us today.
By Jeffrey Nadrich