Jones Act Attorney Straight Talk: Jones Act And Benzene Exposure – Acute Myelogenous Leukemia – AML

Jones Act Attorney Straight Talk

This article is one in a series of Jones Act Attorney Straight Talk articles. These articles, by a Jones Act Benzene Lawyer are based upon 25 years of representing Jones Act Seaman. If you search for “Jones Act Attorney Straight Talk” on the Internet, you will find dozens of articles where we provide you with great free and useful information to help you win your Jones Act case. Here, a Benzene Jones Act Lawyer gives it to you straight.

Benzene Is a Toxic Substance

The Environmental Protection Agency has classified benzene as a known human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have also determined that benzene has been linked to the development of blood cancers and blood disorders several years after exposure. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, benzene is a known carcinogen.

In 1928, there was first reported a correlation between benzene exposure and leukemia. By 1948, the American Petroleum Institute published a report linking benzene to leukemia. The API – an industry group – concluded that the only safe level of benzene exposure is no exposure at all.

Today, we know that benzene targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain and can cause DNA strand breaks, chromosomal damage, etc. The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells, leading to anemia.

Benzene, Cancer and Leukemia

Benzene has been linked to the following cancers

– Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
– Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
– Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL)
– Myelodysplastic Syndrome

Benzene Exposure and Jones Act Seaman

For decades after knowledge of its cancer-causing attributes, many shipping companies, tanker companies, and maritime employers failed to protect Seaman and workers from the dangers of benzene. At one time, benzene was used as a solvent itself. Today, benzene is a common component of solvents, de-greasers and mineral spirits. It is also contained in products used to clean and de-grease tools, clean machine parts, and de-rust metal parts.

According to OSHA, benzene is primarily an inhalation hazard. In addition, ethyl benzene is rapidly absorbed through the skin; absorption through the skin of the hands and forearms.

Many Jones Act Seaman have been exposed to benzene. Engineers and tankerman were particularly exposed to benzene. However, many other types of Seaman have also been exposed to benzene.

What To Do?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) or any other type of leukemia and you worked on vessels, barges, tankers, and/or ships and you were exposed to solvents/ benzene then you may have a Jones Act Benzene case against the vessel owner and/or your employer. We suggest you contact a Jones Act Benzene Lawyer in order to assess your legal rights. You and your family may be entitled to significant compensation under the Jones Act and general maritime law.


This article is not legal advice. I am simplistic in order to achieve clarity. Your circumstances may be different from those described in this Jones Act Benzene article. If you have been diagnosed with leukemia (AML) or any other type of leukemia, you should hire a seasoned Jones Act Lawyer. When you are bringing a Jones Act claim, your credibility is always at issue. Which means you must always tell the truth.

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