Workers Compensation – Benzene Exposure

We represented the surviving spouse of man who worked at a Middle Tennessee chemical plant for several decades. During his work over the years, he was routinely exposed to a then commonly used chemical known as benzene. After his retirement, he was diagnosed with a type of leukemia known as myelodysplactic syndrome (MDS) which is a known hazard of benzene exposure. Unfortunately, his workplace exposure to this chemical ultimately cost him his life. Through litigation, the use of experts, and the testimony of the worker’s treating physicians, we were able to prove that his leukemia was caused by his exposure to benzene in the workplace. Prior to the start of trial, the insurance company for the chemical plant agreed to pay the benefits available under the workers compensation laws, which amounted to over $260,000.