We all know that when you work in certain jobs such as factories or around oil or gasoline you may be exposed to certain risks and injuries due to the chemicals you work with. However, companies and businesses are supposed to make sure that these chemicals and products are within safe levels for their employees as well as their customers. Unfortunately, sometimes this is not the case. If you or someone you work with has developed acute myeloid leukemia or another serious medical condition while working around benzene or another toxic chemical or product, then you need to speak to one of our benzene exposure and dangerous product lawyers at the Higgins Firm. We will review your case and help you to get any compensation you may be entitled to for what you have been through.
According to this case, David Johnson filed a lawsuit against the United States Steel Corporation along with other defendants in 2013 after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Johnson claims that his cancer was caused by being exposed to to products that contained a cancer causing compound while working as a service station attendant or auto mechanic throughout the 1970s and from 1994 until he received his cancer diagnosis.
The United States Steel Corporation acknowledged that it had sold coal raffinate which contains a toxic chemical known as benzene to Radiator Specialty Company, which formulates the solvent known as Liquid Wrench. During the case, Johnson testified that he used the product on a regular basis to loosen rusted belts and machine parts ,at times, he stated that, it would get “all over” him while he worked under cars. The defendants all supplied, made, or sold paints, solvents, or other products containing benzene. The lawsuit has been revisited by the Federal District Court of Appeal. The First Appellate District ruled that the United States Steel Corporation was not protected from liability under the component parts doctrine, since there was a factual question about whether the benzene in the company’s coal raffinate which is a byproduct of turning coal into coke for steel production made Liquid Wrench unreasonably dangerous. The United States Steel Corporations bares the burden have failing to test their product for a design defect.
Cases similar to this one are occurring to people in this and related industries because Benzene has been used in many products over the years before its use was restricted. It also may take years for dangerous side effects linked to Benzene to appear. If you or someone you love worked around products that may have contained Benzene or another toxic chemical such as in a factory, waste management plant, around paint, as a lab tech or in another place and now have developed acute myeloid leukemia or other medical problems as a result of this exposure, then it is advised that you contact one of our experienced and caring Benzene exposure lawyers with the Higgins Firm. We understand that you may have many questions and concerns and we will help you get the answers you need. We will also work on your behalf to make sure you get compensation that is rightfully yours for any medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering you have been caused. We will also see to it that the party or parties responsible are held accountable and made to pay for their actions.
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