Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet smell. It is an organic chemical compound that is often used in the production of other chemicals and compounds – it is often used in the production of plastics, rubbers, dyes, synthetic materials, adhesives, resins, detergents, explosives, lubricants, and prescription drugs. Because of its usefulness as a solvent and intermediate in these processes, it is a common fixture at factories and manufacturing plants in Texas and throughout the country.
However, while benzene is key in the production of a large range of products and materials, it is a highly toxic and dangerous chemical. Long-term exposure to benzene can result in workers suffering from cancers like leukemia as well as from a range of bone marrow conditions. Studies have show that benzene exposure over many years can lead to DNA mutations, chromosome changes, bleeding, and a weakened immune system. Short term exposure to higher levels of benzene, such as what might happen to a worker exposed to a benzene leak, can lead to dizziness, rapid heartbeat, confusion, sleepiness, migraines, loss of consciousness, coma, and death.
Have you worked in a oil refinery, rubber factory, chemical plant, or gasoline plant in which you were exposed to benzene in some manner? Are you suffering health effects from that exposure? Speak to a Houston benzene injury attorney today.