Curtis Potter was an employee of Goodrich in a laboratory in the 1960s and 1970s. During the course of his employment, he was exposed to many toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene.
Benzene is a key ingredient in gasoline and is used in a wide number of industries and products. Exposure to products containing benzene can cause life-threatening diseases including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic Anemia.
The most common method of exposure is inhalation, but benzene can be absorbed through the skin, as well, which opens a pathway for the chemical to enter the bloodstream and bone marrow. People across the country working in industries where benzene is present have experienced benzene-related forms of leukemia and lymphoma.
Potter’s family filed a lawsuit in Texas court against Goodrich, Dow Chemical and Axiall Corp. seeking to hold the companies liable for Potter’s death. The lawsuit alleges Potter was responsible for making, selling and using the carcinogenic chemicals in his lab for years, without having been warned of the dangers. The lawsuit claims prolonged exposure to benzene resulted in Potter developing renal cell carcinoma of his kidney, which ultimately caused his death.
The lawsuit claims failure to warn as well as gross negligence for nondisclosure of health hazards.
The American Cancer Society maintains that long-term exposure to benzene is a risk factor for AML. Workplace exposure is especially common for auto mechanics, printers (due to exposure to printer solvents containing benzene), carpet cleaners, petroleum industry workers, railroad workers, steel workers, lab technicians, pipefitters, dock and offshore workers, as well as workers in industries that use oil-based treatments such as paints, glues, dyes, degreasers, or solvents.
It can take a number of years before a condition manifests from benzene exposure. If exposure has affected your health, contact a lawyer immediately. If you or a loved one was exposed to benzene and was diagnosed with one of the forms of leukemia or lymphoma listed above, contact a Beasley Allen attorney for a complimentary, no-cost consultation to learn your legal rights.