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Chevron denies liability in pending benzene lawsuits

Chevron USA is facing multiple lawsuits alleging serious injuries caused by benzene exposure.

The most recent benzene lawsuit was filed November 26, 2011 in Jefferson County, Texas. The suit, filed by Billie Ratcliff, alleges that her husband William was exposed to benzene throughout his employment with the company. As a result of, he developed a type of blood cancer known as multiple myeloma, which ultimately contributed to his death on April 12, 2011. Ms. Ratcliff also alleges that Chevron knew of the dangers of benzene for decades but failed to warn employees that the chemical could cause potentially fatal blood disorders and other serious conditions. Chevron has not publicly commented on the lawsuit.

A similar lawsuit was also filed in Jefferson County on August 31, 2011 by the family of Fred Gebauer. In the suit, Mr. Gebauer’s children, Keith Gebauer, Ronnie Gebauer, Lajunda Williams and Gaytha Guillot, claim that their father died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which he developed after being exposed to benzene during his employment at Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Chevron acted negligently in allowing employees to be exposed to dangerous chemicals, which were known to be potentially hazardous. The complaint also alleges that Chevron failed to adequately warn employees about the dangers of benzene exposure.

On October 24, Chevron filed an answer to the lawsuit which stated that they were not a culpable party. Specifically, Chevron alleges that Fred Gebauer was actually employed by Texaco, which should be considered a separate entity, despite the fact that the two companies merged in 2001.

Benzene is an organic compound that is a natural component of crude oil and other petroleum products. Exposure to benzene is believed to be linked to the development of a number of serious conditions, including acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), non-Hodgkins lymphoma and aplastic anemia. Individuals affected by these conditions may experience lack of energy, severe pain, fever, infection, bleeding, weight loss and potentially death. The risk for benzene exposure is greatest among petroleum and oil workers, rubber workers, paper workers, industrial plant workers, plastic manufacturers and pesticide manufacturing workers.

If you or a loved one has developed a serious or fatal form of cancer or another disorder after being exposed to benzene, you need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. The law office of Nadrich & Cohen LLP specializes in assisting benzene exposure victims and their families get the compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Call our Injury Hotline at 1-800-722-0765 today to schedule your free initial case evaluation. You can also visit our Benzene Exposure Resource site to learn more about benzene side effects and complete a confidential online contact form. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover a money judgment on your behalf. Contact Nadrich & Cohen today to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your benzene injury claim.