Our law firm recently filed a products liability lawsuit in The Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia on behalf of the wife and Estate of a deceased fleet mechanic who died from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow. The deceased had been a fleet mechanic for approximately 20 years and was constantly exposed to solvents and cleaners containing the chemical benzene.
Benzene is a clear, highly flammable liquid with a sweet, gassy smell. It occurs naturally in petroleum, and it is used as an organic solvent to make a variety of other chemicals and various plastics. It is also used in the manufacturing of some types of rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Because benzene comes from petroleum, benzene is often found in oil-based paints, various degreasers, solvents, cleaners, and fuels – including diesel, gasoline and kerosene.
Persons working in close proximity to benzene or benzene-containing products can be put at serious risk because their exposure can occur at much higher levels and for longer periods of time. The medical literature indicates that benzene causes CLL, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and other forms of leukemia and lymphoma.
The recently filed lawsuit alleges that the Defendants know that the products the deceased was exposed to contained benzene and have known for years that benzene poses a health hazard and can kill humans working in close proximity to their products, yet they continued to manufacture and sell these products, while at the same time marketing the products as safe. We are very proud to be able to represent our client in her efforts to recover for the death of her husband.
John Tomlinson, the lawyer in our firm who filed the suit, is currently investigating other benzene exposure cases. If you need more information on this subject, contact John at 800-898-2034 or by email at John.Tomlinson@beasleyallen.com.