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Residents Relieved After Benzene Exposure Incident, Michigan


On July 23, 2009, the Dexter Leader, a Heritage Newspaper in Michigan, reported that an incident involving benzene exposure was under wraps. The interesting thing about this incident is the level of transparency that the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) handled it. Residents living around the corner of Wilkinson and W. Middle Street find themselves extremely thankful for the great response of the WCRC in handling this incident.

There are many legal issues involved with chemical exposure, especially with benzene. Companies and government offices have much incentive to keep quiet about these incidents, given the legal accountability involved. This is why it is such a breath of fresh air to hear about the level of integrity and transparency that the WCRW handled this incident. This is often not the case with incidents involving benzene exposure. Victims of chemical exposure of benzene often find themselves victimized even further by the companies responsible for their exposure. To better understand how remarkable the way the WCRC handled this incident, it is important to know what benzene is and how it is dangerous.

What is Benzene?
Benzene has been used over the last two centuries as a solvent for various commercial, industrial, and consumer applications. While many harmful characteristics of benzene have been discovered, it can still be found in many commercial and consumer products. In the United States, benzene is one of the top twenty most produced chemicals.

Dangers of Benzene Exposure
What are some of the dangers of chemical exposure here? Benzene is a known carcinogen that causes acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple myeloma and aplastic anemia. Even with all of the harmful effects, it remains to be used in a multitude of products. In cases of exposure, it rare to find the situation handled as described earlier. This is why having a benzene lawyer is so important.

Benefit of a Benzene Lawyer
The WCRC alerted the public about every aspect of chemical exposure incident from the time they found it to the removal of the leak and even after. This allowed residents to get the medical and legal help they need. In most cases, you will not find this level of integrity. Companies at fault will not make it easier for you to get the settlements you deserve. Having legal help that is more than aware of all of the legal and medical aspects of benzene exposure is a great way to ensure your own safety as well as that of your family. Luckily, residents affected by the Michigan incident were alerted and evacuated early, thus preventing serious damage to their health. They find themselves very fortunate while many in similar situations do not.

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