BP Faces New Benzene Lawsuit in Texas
A Galveston man has filed a lawsuit against BP after he says he was exposed to benzene and other toxic chemicals while working in the vicinity of the company’s Texas City facility.
Benzene is an organic chemical compound that is a natural component of petroleum, crude oil and other industrial products. Exposure to benzene can cause irritation of the eyes and throat, dizziness, headache, vomiting, convulsions, rapid heart beat and breathing problems. If exposed to benzene at high levels, breathing in the vapors can cause death almost instantaneously.
According to The Southeast Texas Record, Eric John Kingston filed the suit on December 7th, 2011 in a Galveston County Court. Court documents show that Mr. Kingston claims he “was exposed to significant amounts of toxic and noxious chemicals as well as benzene” for a period of 40 days after a hydrogen compressor in the refinery’s ultracracker unit shut down on April 6, 2010.
The lawsuit alleges that BP sent gasses to a flare, knowing that the process would be incomplete and that chemicals would be released into the atmosphere. According to court documents, BP continued to do so until the compressor was restarted on May 16, 2010. The lawsuit claims that between April 6 and May 16, at least 540,000 pounds of chemical and compounds, including 17,000 pounds of benzene, were released into the environment. BP is also accused of not notifying the public or Texas City officials of potential danger associated with these emissions.
Mr. Kingston claims that he was unable to properly protect himself from the emissions while he worked at a nearby facility and that exposure to benzene and other chemicals required him to seek treatment for symptoms related to “respiratory disorders, difficulty breathing, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness and burning eyes”.
Mr. Kingston is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages and a jury trial. He is currently acting as his own counsel but he may choose to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure his rights are protected.
If you or a loved one was exposed to benzene in the workplace, you may be eligible to file an civil claim to recover monetary damages for your injuries. The experienced benzene attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen LLP are available to assist benzene exposure victims in all 50 states and we are eager to discuss your case.
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