Can I file a lawsuit against oil refineries for benzene exposure?

Mar 3, 2020 | Benzene Exposure

Exposure to benzene from a gasoline or natural gas leakage may require legal action to recover for physical harm or property damages. You may sue oil refineries or any other companies involved with gasoline or natural gas operations responsible for releasing toxic chemicals into the air or ground.

Benzene is a dangerous and flammable chemical substance derived from gasoline. It is also a known carcinogen. When accidentally released into the air, it may cause serious respiratory harm to residents living nearby. Symptoms of inhaling toxic benzene particles may include dizziness, headaches and an irregular or rapid heartbeat. Repeated exposure over time may result in life-threatening conditions such as excessive bleeding or bone marrow damage.

After a St. Louis resident passed away from exposure to benzene, the surviving members of her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several high-profile oil refinery companies. As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, she lived close to a refinery, which the family claims contaminated her community by releasing benzene into the soil and air. The lawsuit claimed the toxic release caused her to develop acute myeloid leukemia.

Benzene may also seep directly into homes through a leakage in a nearby underground storage tank. The leakage may contaminate the soil along with drinking and shower water. Symptoms of eating food or drinking water contaminated with benzene include stomach upset, vomiting or convulsions.

Individuals living near a gas station or pipeline may find themselves facing the highest risk of exposure to benzene. If you experience health effects and believe it stems from a toxic leakage, you may seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of income and your pain and suffering.