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Total Petrochemicals Sued After Benzene-Related Death

Total Petrochemicals Sued After Benzene-Related Death The Benzene attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen LLP have long been committed to defending individuals and the families of individuals who have suffered or died as a result of benzene exposure. Benzene is a highly dangerous chemical which has been known for decades to contain carcinogens, and millions of people every year come into contact with dangerous levels of benzene. Mary Johnson was one such victim, who tragically died after excessive benzene exposure.

Now we have reports that Johnson’s children have brought a wrongful death suit against Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, one of the world’s leading petrochemical companies. The suit alleges that Total Petrochemicals exposed Johnson to benzene, ultimately contributing to her untimely death.

The suit was filed on November 9, 2012, in Jefferson County District Court. The plaintiffs, James, Robert and Richard Johnson, seek justice for their mother, a former employee of Fina’s Port Arthur Refinery. It was there that she allegedly come into contact with dangerous benzene levels.

“As a result of such exposure, Mary Johnson developed leukemia Polycythemia Vera … from which she died a painful and terrible death on October 24, 2011,” according to the suit. The suit also alleges that Total Petrochemicals knew about the extreme dangers of benzene for decades, but still permitted employees to use toxic chemicals while at work. Finally, the plaintiffs allege that Total Petrochemicals acted with malice, and are suing for exemplary damages.

Benzene has been linked to numerous devastating illnesses and diseases, including 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 and many more. Refinery workers are especially at risk, due to the high levels of benzene that are used and produced in the refining process.

Have you become ill, or has someone you love died after exposure to benzene? If so, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. And it’s not just refinery workers who are at risk. Benzene exposure is common among gasoline distribution workers, commercial painters, pesticide manufacturing workers, newspaper press workers and many others whose workplace involves the use of chemicals.

If you or someone you love has suffered from benzene exposure, contact the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen at 1-800-722-0765. We are contingency lawyers, and we only get paid if we win you a recovery. Don’t suffer alone. Get the justice you deserve. Call Nadrich & Cohen today.


By Jeffrey Nadrich

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