A couple in Tomball have filed a lawsuit after the husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, stating the illness was caused by on-the-job benzene exposure. On December 2, the husband and wife filed suit against ExxonMobil, Pharmacia Corp., the Dow Chemical Co. and United States Steel Corp. in Galveston County District Court.
The claim alleges that the former employee was exposed to benzene and benzene-containing products through his employment as a pipefitter and welder from 1975 to 1985. According to court documents, he was required during his employment to use a liquid wrench to perform work-related tasks, a wrench that was believed to contain benzene. The former employee claims he was unaware that his exposure to such products was “hazardous to his health and could cause this disease,” according to the lawsuit.
The couple seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
I Was Exposed to Dangerous Chemicals On-The-Job. What Do I Do?
If you think you may have been exposed to benzene or other dangerous chemicals on-the-job, speak to a doctor. People at greatest risk of disease from benzene exposure are workers in various trades who are exposed daily to benzene from fuels or solvents while doing their jobs.
Exposure to benzene can occur through three main routes of exposure: inhalation, dermal absorption and ingestion. The greatest exposure to benzene typically results from inhalation. However, workers who get fuels or solvents on their hands or skin can also be exposed to high levels of benzene through dermal absorption.
If you believe you have been negligently exposed to benzene on your job site, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. Speak with one of our Austin workers’ compensation attorney today to tell us about your situation and circumstances. Feel free to comment below or visit our Facebook page to share your experiences.
The Law Offices of Aaron Allison – Austin Workers’ Compensation Attorney