Florida Benzene Attorney
If you are a worker who has been hurt, contact this Florida Benzene Lawyer to talk about your case at no charge to you. Benzene is a chemical compound produced from petroleum. It is a clear, flammable liquid that has a distinct odor. It is often found in gasoline. Benzene is frequently used in the workplace to make other chemicals and plastics. Professionals who may be exposed to benzene include:
- Ship or barge workers
- Diesel mechanics
- Rubber workers or tire builders
- Gasoline distribution workers
- Workers in chemical and power plants
In these settings, benzene can be inhaled and may affect workers through skin absorption.
While benzene can be useful in the workplace, it can also be quite hazardous. For example, benzene is known to be a carcinogen. It can cause:
- “acute myelogenous leukemia” (AML)
- “myelodysplastic syndrome” (MDS) – including refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (RARS), refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB), chronic myelomonycitic leukemia (CMML), and myeloproliferative disorder
- Lymphoma – including acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and non-hodgkins lymphoma (NHL)
- Aplastic anemia – affects blood cells
- Other types of leukemia and blood diseases
Diseases caused by benzene may not develop immediately. As such, it may be difficult to prove that these diseases were caused by the benzene exposure. However, your treating physicians may be able to testify to this connection. Additionally, Mr. Quackenbush may hire doctors as expert witnesses to analyze your history and condition and offer an opinion on the causation of your disease.
Should you be affected by chemicals in the workplace, contact this Fort Lauderdale Benzene Law Firm for help. He can assist you in you’ve been hurt anyplace in Florida (including Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Miami and Miami-Dade County).Workers Rely on this South Florida Benzene Lawyer for Assistance
If you were exposed to benzene at work and developed a disease as a result, one of the challenges in your case may be the law that, in the State of Florida, typically you cannot sue your own employer. Your only remedy may be to pursue a worker’s compensation case through your employer.
However, there are several exceptions to this. The first exception comes when your employer didn’t provide you with worker’s compensation insurance. That is, in the State of Florida, employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance policies that cover their employees. If they do this, then their employees’ only remedy after a workplace injury may be to make a worker’s comp claim through their employer. In that case, the employees can’t sue their own employer for its negligence.
On the other hand, if an employer doesn’t provide worker’s compensation insurance to its employees and one of those employees is injured as a result of the employer’s negligence, then the employee will be able to sue his or her employer. After all, the employee must have some way of getting compensation for his or her injuries - either through a worker’s compensation case or, if worker’s compensation isn’t available, through a lawsuit against the employer.Advice for Workers Provided by this Fort Lauderdale Benzene Law Firm
The second exception to the rule that an employee may not sue his or her own employer for negligence comes when the employer’s negligence rises to the level of “gross negligence.” Gross negligence is defined by behavior that is that is “willful and wanton.” It may include intentional behavior or behavior that goes beyond simple negligence to the point that it is considered reckless. For example, if your employer knew of the dangers of benzene and exposed you to it anyway, then your employer could be said to be grossly negligent – and, in that case, you could sue your employer.
Even if you aren’t able to sue your employer as a result of benzene exposure, you may be able to sue third parties. That is, the fact that you can’t sue your employer in the State of Florida doesn’t mean that you can’t sue third parties. For example, if you were exposed to benzene at your job and developed a disease as a result, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the owner of the property where you worked or the manufacturer or distributor of the benzene that caused your harm.Call 786-294-7711 to Speak to this Broward County Benzene Attorney/Lawyer for Free
If you’ve been harmed by benzene in Broward County (including those located in Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors), call Mr. Quackenbush to discuss your case for free. He can be reached at 786-294-7711.