What is Benzene?
Benzene is an organic chemical compound with the molecular formula C6H6. Its molecule is composed of 6 carbon atoms joined in a ring, with 1 hydrogen atom attached to each carbon atom. Because its molecules contain only carbon and hydrogen atoms, benzene is classed as a hydrocarbon.
Benzene is a natural constituent of crude oil, and is one of the most basic petrochemicals. Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon and the second [n]-annulene (-annulene), a cyclic hydrocarbon with a continuous pi bond. It is sometimes abbreviated Ph–H. Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell. It is mainly used as a precursor to heavy chemicals, such as ethylbenzene and cumene, which are produced on a billion kilogram scale. Because it has a high octane number, it is an important component of gasoline, composing a few percent of its mass.
Since benzene was so widely used, it was not long before the health risks of benzene exposure became obvious and its use was scaled back or discontinued in most areas. Today, benzene is strictly controlled in the United States, but it is still instrumental in the production of plastics, adhesives, dyes, detergents, pharmaceuticals, explosives, and pesticides.
How Can Benzene Harm You?
Benzene exposure occurs usually by inhaling benzene vapors or having benzene touch the skin. Swallowing pure benzene can be fatal. Because benzene is a constituent of gasoline, there are trace levels of benzene in the air wherever cars are using gasoline to power the engine.
It is universally accepted that benzene causes leukemia—especially Acute Myelogenous Leukemia AML—but also Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). Benzene can also cause multiple myeloma, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma and anemia.
Although it is true that most unbiased scientists agree that benzene will cause the above blood disorders arising from carcinogenesis originating in the lympho-hematopoeitic stem cell, the laws of different jurisdictions disagree as to whether sufficient evidence exists to permit a claim to succeed in court. If you or a loved one suffers from a benzene-related disease, please contact the Madeksho Law Firm, P. L. L. C. for a free consultation with an attorney experienced in benzene litigation across the nation.
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For over 40 years, attorneys at the Madeksho Law Firm, P. L. L. C. have won compensation for our clients against the largest chemical companies in the world. In a world where cancer and sickness are becoming more common, the only way to prevent unnecessary risk is by holding companies accountable for negligently exposing us to cancer-causing products. If you choose the Madeksho Law Firm, P. L. L. C. for legal counsel, we will do our duty to keep you informed and protected in a professional, compassionate manner.