West Virginia Man Files Benzene Exposure Lawsuit

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An industrial mechanic diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome has filed a benzene exposure lawsuit against several companies whose products he worked with over the course of his career. David Hyre of West Virginia claims that CRC Industries, Radiator Specialty Company, Safety-Kleen Systems, United States Steel Corporation and E.L. duPont de Nemours & Co. all were aware that their products were exposing him to benzene, but failed to warn of the dangers that his exposure presented. He is accusing each of negligence and holds them each responsible for his serious illness.

The benzene exposure lawsuit was filed in the Kanawha, West Virginia Circuit Court, and cited each of the products that the various companies either made, sold, distributed or sold and which he ended up exposed to over an extended period of time. It has been established that benzene causes damage to the body’s cells, leading to genetic mutations that change both stem cells and bone marrow cells that are responsible for maintaining the body’s immune system.

The Risks of Benzene Exposure

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to benzene is considered long term if it goes of for a year or more. Mr. Hyre’s claim indicates that he was exposed to benzene through the defendants’ products between 1980 and 2009. This type of extensive exposure – especially when it is at high levels – decreases the body’s available blood cells. This can result in health impacts including anemia, excessive bleeding, increased chance of infection, and several types of leukemia, including Acute Myeloid Leukemia, childhood leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other forms of cancer.

Mr. Hyre’s diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome came in 2017. This bone marrow failure disorder leads to symptoms including infection, anemia, spontaneous bleeding, or easy bruising. Though the condition is not considered fatal in and of itself, it can complicate other conditions, as well as develop into acute myeloid leukemia, a much more serious condition.

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