Benzene Injury

Benzene is a chemical contained in most petroleum products such as oil, gas, solvents, and plastics. In its purest form, benzene is highly toxic. Benzene is well known to cause leukemia, AML, and other types of cancers. Many victims of benzene exposure are people who worked at local refineries and workers who used benzene as a solvent or mixer.

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Firm partner Larry Cohan has secured millions of dollars of verdicts and settlements for benzene injury clients across the country, including:

  • $4,000,000 settlement for a refinery worker with benzene-caused leukemia
  • $2,000,000 settlement for a factory worker
  • $1,500,000 settlement for a worker in the extruding industry 

Benzene is found in many products in factories, businesses and homes. When I began handling benzene cases the manufacturers, suppliers and employers denied that benzene could even cause cancers or leukemia; the accepted exposure limits were hundreds of times higher than they are today. With the development of science, medicine, and after many hard-fought legal battles it is now well-established that benzene is a definitive cause of deadly leukemias, particularly acute myeloid leukemia. Innocent workers in factories and refineries have had benzene exposure without protection or monitoring throughout their careers.

Lawrence Cohan


As a leading national law firm that represents victims of Benzene exposure, SMB handles cases involving many of the most common injuries, particularly AML (acute myeloid leukemia).

Because leukemia from benzene exposure is a latent disease, the cause of leukemia can date back decades. SMB’s experienced trial lawyers conduct a detailed investigation and analysis to determine who was at fault and work tirelessly to obtain compensation for our clients and their families, pursuing lawsuits against negligent employers and suppliers of benzene-containing products.


Since leukemia from benzene exposure is a latent disease, we continue to fight for the rights of families whose loved ones have suffered or died from leukemia caused by exposures that can date back for decades.

Lawrence Cohan

SMB’s lawyers will guide you through the litigation process and help you get all the compensation to which you may be entitled—including compensation for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, medical costs, lost income, and future earnings.

If you or a family member has been injured as a result of benzene exposure, SMB is committed to obtaining the results you need and deserve.

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