Our benzene lawsuit lawyers can help if you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to sunscreens containing benzene.
- Is Benzene in Sunscreen?
- What are Immediate Signs of Benzene Exposure?
- What are Some Long-term Health Effects of Benzene?
- How Do I File a Benzene Lawsuit?
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a colorless, flammable, sweet-smelling liquid. It evaporates quickly when exposed to air, and benzene is a man-made chemical from the production of synthetic fibers, fabrications of rubbers, pesticides, and medications; as well as a naturally occurring chemical from volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and crude oil. A major source of benzene exposure is tobacco smoke and exhaust from motor vehicles.
Outdoor air may contain low levels of benzene due to tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, and industrial emissions. About 50% of the U.S. population’s exposure to benzene comes from smoking tobacco or exposure to secondhand smoke.
Benzene is recognized as a carcinogen in humans meaning that it causes cells to not work correctly. For example, benzene can damage the immune system by changing levels of antibodies in the blood and causing the loss of white blood cells.
Is Benzene in Sunscreen?
Valisure, an independent laboratory conducted tests in early 2021 on 294 unique batches of sunscreen and after-sun care products from 69 different companies and found that 27% of the samples contained benzene. Benzene’s recommended exposure limit is .1 parts per million (ppm), making the findings of 2 ppm or higher concerning.
It is important to mention that benzene isn’t a normal ingredient in sunscreens, rather these products were contaminated with benzene. Valisure has also published how to safely and responsibly dispose of benzene-contaminated sun care products because benzene is slightly water-soluble.
Several studies have shown that chemicals in sunscreen can enter the bloodstream after they are applied to the skin.
What are Immediate signs of Benzene exposure?
If you’ve breathed in high levels of benzene, you may experience these symptoms a few minutes to hours after exposure:
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Death is possible at very high levels
If you eat foods or drink beverages with high levels of benzene, you may experience these symptoms within a few minutes to hours after exposure:
- Stomach irritation
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Death at very high levels
Direct exposure to the skin, eyes, or lungs can cause tissue irritation or injury.
What are Some Long-term Health Effects of Benzene?
Benzene has been determined to cause cancer in humans. Long-term exposure to high levels can cause leukemia and other cancers and conditions such as Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, aplastic anemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and chronic myelogenous leukemia. Some people have reported irregular menstruation and a decrease in the size of their ovaries. It is not yet known if benzene exposure affects developing fetuses, or how sperm is affected.
The CDC determines long-term exposure to benzene as a year or longer, with the major effect of long-term benzene exposure being on the blood. Benzene can cause a decrease in red blood cells causing anemia, harmful effects on bone marrow and immune system, and can cause excessive bleeding.
How Do I File a Benzene Lawsuit?
The first step is to contact a dangerous drug attorney to discuss your potential case. Our experienced lawyers will listen to your story to determine if you meet the case criteria.
If you were diagnosed with cancer due to your exposure to benzene, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Our legal team will request all of your medical records to support your case. These records will prove that you were diagnosed with leukemia or other cancers, or another condition after your benzene exposure.
The records will also show that your cancer cannot be attributed to other medical conditions. Once we have full medical support to prove your claim, we will file your lawsuit to demand compensation for your condition.
What is the Criteria to File a Lawsuit?
Our benzene lawyers can help if you or someone you care about was diagnosed with cancer after exposure to benzene. The following criteria must be met to participate in a benzene lawsuit:
- Use of a contaminated sunscreen starting at least six months prior to diagnosis
- Diagnosed with leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aplastic anemia, or other diseases.
Contact a Benzene Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has used contaminated sunscreen and been diagnosed with cancer, contact Buckfire Law for your free case review. There are time limits to file a dangerous drug lawsuit.
We work with a team of top pharmaceutical lawyers to help victims of dangerous drugs. Our legal team will review your medical records to determine if you have a case.
If you qualify for a claim, we will start on your case immediately. We charge no fees unless we win a settlement.
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