In many cases, the incidence of blood cancers have been linked with long term exposure to toxic chemicals known to be carcinogenic (cancer causing). These diseases include but are not limited to:
- Lymphomas – Any cancer originating in the lymphatic system
- Leukemia – Over-creation of white blood cells
- Multiple Myeloma – Tumors arising in bone marrow
Most blood cancers are lymphomas. There are numerous possibilities for exposure to dangerous chemicals in a variety of industries. If you or a family member has recently been diagnosed with a blood cancer and you believe it may be related to your occupation, it is urgent that you consult a West Virginia personal injury attorney immediately.
Blood Cancer: High Risk Jobs in WV
The connection between exposure to certain chemicals and the development of blood cancers has been understood to be an industrial hazard for many decades. Those who work with chemicals and toxic substances such as those below should take precautions:
- Contaminated waste water
- Herbicides and pesticides
- Paint thinners
- Paints and varnishes
- Solvents / benzene
- Other chemicals
Toxins can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Industries known to be particularly high risk include waste management; shoe, chemical and rubber manufacturing; and oil refining. Mechanics, painters, gasoline haulers, chemical workers, railroad employees, power plant workers, and rubber workers may be at risk of developing lymphoma, multiple myeloma or leukemia as a result of benzene exposure and exposure to other chemicals and solvents.
Symptoms of blood cancers may appear in less than a year, or it may take decades. Knowing the impact such an illness has on a person's life and family, an attorney at our firm fights tirelessly to ensure the maximum financial compensation is paid to our client.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
According to West Virginia Code § 55-2-12, victims of health conditions caused by defective products have up to two years to file their claim. Since many blood cancers are undetectable for years, this two year statute can be a complex matter. By consulting an attorney you may better understand the laws that apply to your specific case. If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with blood cancer you should consider consulting an attorney as soon as possible so you can learn of the laws that may limit your opportunities for financial recovery.
Contact a Wheeling, WV Personal Injury Lawyer
Hartley Law Group, PLLC provides high quality legal representation to clients who have contracted occupational illnesses because of inadequate warnings, training or safety precautions. During our investigation into a case we utilize industrial, occupational, medical and other experts to establish grounds for personal injury claims. Once the claim for damages has been prepared and filed, we take an aggressive stance. Call (888) 510-6547 for a FREE initial consultation with a West Virginia personal injury attorney who is dedicated to holding the liable parties accountable for their actions.