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VICTIMS OF DIESEL EXPOSURES

Diesel – Blood and Bone Marrow Illnesses

One of the components of diesel exhaust and vapors is benzene. Benzene can also be found in things like solvents, mineral spirits, coolants and degreasers. Benzene is often used in the manufacturing of pesticides, detergents, lubricants and dyes. Experts agree that there is no safe level of benzene exposure. Benzene causes leukemia and other blood and bone marrow disorders. A few of the illnesses associated with benzene exposure include:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)

  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)

  • Multiple Myeloma

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

  • Aplastic Anemia

Leading toxic tort and diesel attorneys across the country have successfully prosecuted claims based on blood disorders, including:

  • In 2014, a railroad trackman battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma received a $950,000 settlement from a railroad defendant. The plaintiff contended that his occupational exposure to diesel exhaust, creosote, calcium chloride, herbicides and pesticides caused his cancer. The plaintiff was 38 years old at the time of his diagnosis.
  • In 2015, a former airline employee who was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after years of working with benzene-containing paints and solvents was awarded $8.2 million in a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the paints and solvents, I.E. DuPont.
  • In 2016, a man who used benzene-containing printing solvent as a vocational high school student and then in the workforce from 1972 to 1975, was awarded $824,000 in damages after he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The case was brought against the manufacturer of the benzene-containing printing solvent. It was shown during the trial that the manufacturer of the solvent, U.S. Steel, was on notice that benzene could be cancer-causing and yet it continued to use benzene in its solvents.
  • In 2011, the estate of a gasoline tanker truck driver who died at the age of 58 after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) received a verdict of $7.5 million. The plaintiff in that case had specific chromosomal damage tied to benzene exposure. The tanker truck driver loaded gasoline for retail outfits one to seven times per day. Gasoline, like diesel, contains benzene.
  • In 2008, an over-the-road truck driver who had been diagnosed with acute monomyelogenous leukemia received a confidential settlement from his employer because his treating oncologist and a retained toxicologist attributed his cancer to benzene in the diesel exhaust that he was exposed to at work.

If you suspect that your blood or bone marrow illness is related to toxic workplace exposures, including to diesel exhaust, mineral spirits, solvents or paint thinners, call Diesel Injury Law today. We consult with top experts who are knowledgeable regarding the causes of many diseases. Even if your specific illness is not listed here, you may still have a case. Learn more today by calling (312) 877-5588. All consultations are free.

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