Louis Gest, a resident of Santa Fe, Texas, has filed a lawsuit for more than $1 million against Chevron USA Inc., Lyondell Chemical Co., Shell Oil Co., and Motiva Enterprises LLC. Gest alleges that benzene exposure is responsible for his development of blood disorders.
While Gest was a chemical plant worker, refinery worker and pipefitter from 1970 to 2005, he was exposed to benzene and benzene-containing mixtures. Gest claims the exposure caused myelodysplastic syndrome, as well as blood and bone marrow illnesses. He has also been diagnosed with cellular abnormalities and anemia.
The lawsuit includes claims of negligence regarding the provision of information about how to properly manage the benzene and benzene mixtures. There were also a lack of warnings in the areas where the chemical was handled, the lawsuit asserts.
Benzene is a chemical widely used in a number of industries and products, particularly the oil and petroleum industry. Many people, unfortunately, are unaware of the toxic danger of benzene exposure, which can happen by inhalation or skin absorption.
Once benzene has entered the bloodstream, it can affect bone marrow and blood-forming cells, leading to Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). It is a confirmed carcinogen and has been linked to a variety of cancers and blood diseases.
According to the American Cancer Society, benzene exposure has been named an official risk factor of MDS, AML, lymphomas and aplastic anemia.
Other workers are at high risk of exposure, such as automobile mechanics, printers, carpet cleaners, steel workers and railroad workers.