In a new complaint, filed in Louisiana, a former power utility plant worker claims that he developed multiple myeloma after prolonged benzene exposure at work. Homer A. Lindsay filed his complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and argues that he was exposed to benzene-containing products, specifically the Liquid Wrench from Radiator Specialty Company. He used the product to perform maintenance, repairs, and the installation of various instruments and pipes.
Lindsay was working for the New Orleans Public Services Inc., a power utility plant, when the exposure and subsequent diagnosis occurred. Though he has not filed a claim against the company that employed him, he contends that Radiator Specialty is responsible for his myeloma, since they manufactured the Liquid Wrench.
This raises an interesting question. Who holds greater responsibility when benzene exposure leads to serious illnesses and diseases in the workplace? Does the manufacturer of the benzene-containing product bear the bulk of the blame, or does the place of business hold more responsibility for allowing the exposure to occur without the necessary protections?
It’s a complex question, and the simple answer is that there is plenty of blame to go around. The carcinogenic effects of benzene have been known for decades, and benzene has been definitively linked to a wide variety of 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, just to name a few.
Nevertheless, many workplaces still expose workers to dangers levels of the chemical, and many manufacturers still use it in their chemical compounds. If you have developed a cancer or other disease after exposure to benzene, you may be entitled to compensation, but you need an aggressive benzene attorney who understands the laws and has the kind of track record to give you the best chance possible.
Call the benzene attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen LLP today at 1-800-722-0765 to receive a free consultation and learn more about your rights. Don’t fight the battle alone. We have recovered more than $1 billion for our personal injury clients, and we don’t charge you a penny if we don’t win your case. Call us today.
The personal injury attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen LLP are actively defending victims who have developed cancers and other serious diseases as a result of prolonged exposure to benzene. As part of this mission, we are committed to following and researching benzene cases across the nation, in order that we might best understand how benzene victims are faring in the legal system.
By Jeffrey Nadrich