What Is Benzene?

Benzene is a clear, highly flammable liquid with a sweet, gassy smell. It occurs naturally in petroleum, and it is used as an organic solvent to make a variety of other chemicals and various plastics. Some solvents that benzene appears as a constituent in include xylene, toluene, mineral spirits and other products.

benzene-exposure-img-05Because of its wide use, benzene ranks in the top 20 in production volume for chemicals produced in the United States. Various industries use benzene to make other chemicals, such as styrene (for Styrofoam and other plastics), cumene (for various resins), and cyclohexane (for nylon and synthetic fibers).

Benzene is also used in the manufacturing of some types of rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Because benzene comes from petroleum, it is often found in oil-based paints, various degreasers, and fuels – including diesel, gasoline and kerosene.


What Should I Do If I Believe Benzene Exposure Caused My Medical Condition?

It can take a number of years before a condition manifests from benzene exposure. Depending on where you live, the statute of limitations could be a real threat to your case, so you should contact a lawyer immediately. If you or a loved one was exposed to benzene and was diagnosed with one of the forms of leukemia or lymphoma listed above, please contact a Beasley Allen attorney.