West Virginia chemical exposure lawyers

Many chemicals are made and used in industries such as mining, and the manufacture of metal, chemical, and glass. Some of these chemicals, such as benzene, vinyl chloride, carbon tetrachloride, perchloroethylene, and certain penetrating cleaners are known to cause cancer. Several cleaning solvents and degreasers have shown a significant association with leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, liver cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and other illnesses.

In addition, studies of exposure to diesel exhaust among truck drivers, bus drivers, shipyard workers, and railroad workers show a strong link to lung cancer and other types of cancer. These diseases can develop years after exposure to these chemicals.

Some chemicals, such as benzene, toluene, hexane and certain cleaning solvents, degreasers and even gasoline have shown a significant association with leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other illnesses. These diseases can develop years after exposure to these chemicals.

In fact, Dow Chemical (formerly Union Carbide Corporation) has advised its employees that liver cancer rates are higher for workers exposed to vinyl chloride. Dow Chemical has also acknowledged an increased number of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney cancer, and esophageal cancer cases in current and former employees.

Several scientific studies have concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to these chemicals. If you work around these chemicals, seek information from your employer on how to protect yourself from skin contact and the inhalation of fumes.


One toxic chemical commonly found in a variety of products is benzene. Benzene was discovered by an English chemist in 1825 and has been widely used since then. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a sweet odor. It is found in gasoline, cleaning solvents, degreasers, and other chemicals used in the workplace and in the home. It is used to manufacture dyes, artificial leather, varnishes, and lacquers, as well as a solvent for waxes, resins, and oils. Industries also use benzene to make other chemicals used in the production of plastics, pesticides, rubber, lubricants, resins, nylon, and other products.

Like other chemicals, benzene enters the body mainly through the skin or from inhaling its vapors. Exposure to benzene, even over relatively short periods of time, can cause serious illness or death. Benzene is known to cause diseases such as leukemia, aplastic anemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

If you believe you have a chemical exposure-related disease or know of a family member or friend who has died from a chemical exposure-related disease such as liver cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, aplastic anemia or multiple myeloma, call Harvit & Schwartz at (304) 343-4100 for a free consultation.