Chicago Benzene Exposure Lawyer

Has benzene exposure caused serious health issues for you or a loved one?

Our dedicated benzene exposure lawyers at Ankin Law are here to help you seek justice and financial compensation. When negligent employers, manufacturers, or other parties expose you to this toxic chemical, you have the right to hold them accountable for your resulting illness. 

Benzene exposure has been linked to leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening conditions, imposing significant medical expenses and emotional burdens. With years of experience representing victims of toxic exposure, our legal team is committed to fighting for your rights.

Protecting victims in Chicago since 1940, our Benzene lawyers know how to prove the toxic chemical caused your illness. When you retain Ankin Law, you get:

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Benzene exposure can permanently impact your health. Call Ankin Law to seek justice for your losses. (312) 600-0000.

Why Are Benzene Lawsuits Being Filed?

Benzene lawsuits are being filed due to the harmful health effects associated with exposure to benzene, a highly toxic chemical found in various industrial and consumer products. Benzene exposure is linked to serious health conditions such as leukemia, lymphoma, and other cancers. 

Individuals who have been exposed to benzene in the workplace, through contaminated water, or through other sources may develop these health problems, leading them to file lawsuits against companies responsible for their exposure. These lawsuits seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages incurred associated health conditions.

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Workplace Benzene Exposure

Industries such as petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, rubber manufacturing, printing, and others where benzene is used or produced are common sources of occupational exposure. Workers may inhale benzene vapors or come into contact with benzene-containing products.

Environmental Contamination

Benzene can contaminate air, water, and soil through industrial emissions, vehicle exhaust, and improper disposal of benzene-containing products or waste. People living near industrial facilities or hazardous waste sites may be exposed to benzene through environmental contamination.

Toxic Consumer Products

Benzene is found in consumer products such as solvents, paints, adhesives, detergents, and self-care products. Individuals using these products may inhale benzene vapors or absorb benzene through skin contact.

Exposure Through Other Sources

Tobacco smoke is a frequent source of benzene exposure. Both active smokers and individuals exposed to secondhand smoke may inhale benzene and other harmful chemicals present in tobacco smoke.

Benzene is also a component of gasoline, and vehicle exhaust emissions can release benzene into the air. Individuals living in urban areas or near busy roads may be exposed to benzene through vehicle exhaust. Benzene may enter indoor environments from sources such as building materials, furniture, and household products containing benzene. Poor ventilation and indoor air quality contribute to increased benzene levels indoors.

Understanding the sources of exposure is essential for recognizing risks and taking precautions to mitigate health hazards associated with benzene. Identifying the source of your Benzene-related illness can help you determine who is liable for your losses.

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    What Products Contain Benzene?

    Consumer products containing benzene pose health risks to individuals through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Despite efforts to regulate benzene levels, its presence in consumer products remains a concern. Common consumer goods that may contain benzene include:

    Glues and Adhesives:

    Some adhesives and glues used in household repairs, crafts, and hobbies contain benzene as a solvent or as a trace contaminant. Individuals using these products may inhale benzene vapors during application, leading to exposure.

    Paints and Varnishes:

     Benzene was historically used as a solvent in oil-based paints and varnishes, although its use has declined due to health concerns. However, older paint formulations may still contain benzene, particularly in products imported from countries with less stringent regulations.

    Sealants and Caulks:

    Sealants and caulks used in construction and home improvement projects may contain benzene as a solvent or as a component. Individuals working with these products may be exposed to benzene vapors during application and curing.


    Some pesticides and insecticides may contain benzene as an active ingredient or as a solvent. Individuals using these products for pest control purposes may be exposed to benzene through inhalation or skin contact, especially if safety precautions are not followed.

    Personal Care Products:

    Benzene may be present in personal care items such as lotions, shampoos, deodorants, and cosmetics. While regulations limit benzene levels in these products, trace amounts may still be detected, posing exposure risks to consumers.

    Household Cleaning Agents:

    Household cleaning agents, including degreasers, solvents, and multipurpose cleaners, may contain benzene as an ingredient or as a contaminant. Prolonged exposure to benzene-containing cleaning products increases the risk of adverse health effects.

    Air Fresheners and Deodorizers:

    Some air fresheners and deodorizers may contain benzene-based compounds as fragrances or odor neutralizers. Continuous exposure to benzene emissions from these products, especially in poorly ventilated spaces, may pose health risks to individuals.

    While regulations aim to limit benzene levels in consumer products, vigilance is essential to minimize exposure. Consumers should read product labels, choose alternatives with lower benzene content, and use products in well-ventilated areas. Additionally, manufacturers should prioritize safer alternatives and conduct regular testing to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

    Medical Conditions Associated With Benzene Exposure

    Benzene exposure has been linked to various serious medical conditions, including:


    Benzene is a known carcinogen strongly associated with the development of leukemia, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Prolonged or high levels of benzene exposure can disrupt the normal functioning of bone marrow and lead to abnormal production of white blood cells, increasing the risk of leukemia.


    Benzene exposure is linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and other types of lymphomas. Benzene’s toxic effects on the immune system and genetic material may contribute to the development of lymphatic cancers.

    Aplastic Anemia:

    Benzene exposure can suppress the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells, leading to a condition known as aplastic anemia. This disorder results in low levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, causing symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, and increased susceptibility to infections.

    Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS):

    Benzene exposure has been implicated in the development of myelodysplastic syndrome, a group of blood disorders characterized by abnormal production of blood cells in the bone marrow. MDS can progress to leukemia in some cases.

    Respiratory Issues:

     Inhalation of benzene vapors can irritate the respiratory tract and lead to symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Long-term exposure may increase the risk of respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    Individuals with known or suspected benzene exposure should undergo medical monitoring and screening for early detection of associated health conditions. Seeking prompt medical attention and adopting preventive measures to minimize benzene exposure are critical for protecting against the risks posed by this hazardous chemical.

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    Who Can Be Held Liable for Benzene-Related Illnesses?

    Determining liability for benzene-related illnesses depends on various factors, including the circumstances of exposure. Liable parties may include employers, manufacturers, distributors, and property owners. 

    In occupational settings, employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment and may be held liable for failing to implement proper safety measures or warn employees about benzene hazards. Manufacturers and distributors of benzene-containing products can also be held responsible for product defects or failure to provide adequate warnings about health risks associated with benzene exposure. Property owners or operators of industrial facilities where benzene is used or produced may bear liability for environmental contamination and resulting health consequences. 

    Legal claims for benzene-related illnesses involve proving negligence, product liability, or premises liability. Victims of benzene exposure and their families may pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages through personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death claims with the assistance of experienced attorneys specializing in toxic tort litigation.

    Compensation Available in a Benzene Exposure Lawsuit

    In a benzene exposure lawsuit, compensation may be available to victims and their families for various damages incurred as a result of benzene-related illnesses. These damages include:

    Medical Expenses

    Victims of benzene exposure may incur significant medical expenses for diagnosis, treatment, medications, hospitalization, surgeries, and ongoing healthcare needs caused by benzene-related illnesses such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Compensation may cover past, current, and future medical costs.

    Lost Income and Earning Capacity

    Benzene-related illnesses can result in victims being unable to work or experiencing diminished earning capacity due to disability, treatment, or premature death. Compensation may include reimbursement for lost wages and reduced future earning potential, as well as vocational rehabilitation expenses.

    Pain and Suffering

    Victims of benzene exposure may experience physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, and diminished quality of life due to their illnesses and associated treatments. Compensation may be awarded for pain and suffering endured by victims and their families, including loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress.

    Wrongful Death Damages

    In cases where benzene exposure leads to the death of a victim, surviving family members may pursue wrongful death claims to seek compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of companionship, and other damages resulting from the victim’s death.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Benzene Exposure Lawsuits


    How much benzene is harmful?

    There is no safe level of benzene exposure. Even low levels of benzene can be harmful, as it is a known carcinogen linked to leukemia and other serious health conditions. Regulatory agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have established permissible exposure limits (PELs) to reduce the risk of benzene-related health effects in occupational and environmental settings. However, minimizing exposure to benzene as much as possible is crucial to protect against its toxic effects.


    Does benzene cause permanent damage?

    Benzene exposure can cause permanent damage to the body, particularly to bone marrow and blood cells. Benzene is a known carcinogen linked to leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Prolonged or high levels of benzene exposure can disrupt the normal functioning of bone marrow, impairing the production of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. These conditions can have long-lasting or permanent effects on health, leading to chronic illness, disability, and reduced life expectancy. 


    Do I have grounds for a Benzene lawsuit?

    If you’ve been exposed to benzene and subsequently developed health issues such as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), you may have grounds for a benzene lawsuit. Factors such as the duration and intensity of exposure, the negligence of liable parties, and the extent of harm suffered will determine the strength of your case. Consulting with an experienced attorney specializing in toxic tort litigation can help evaluate your situation, assess liability, and determine the viability of pursuing legal action to seek compensation for damages incurred due to benzene exposure.

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