Former DuPont Workers May Face Kidney and Testicular Cancer Risk
The C8 cancer lawsuits and settlements have shaken much of West Virginia and the Ohio river valley recently as many victims have developed kidney cancer and testicular cancer as a result of PFOA and C8 exposure.
DuPont Workers in Dayton, Ohio and Circleville, Ohio facilities, involved in the manufacturing of chemicals and plastics may face serious health consequences if exposed to Benzene and Vinyl Chloride at these particular work sites. Workers in chemical and plastics plants have an increased risk of developing cancers such as Angiosarcoma and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
DuPont is a huge chemical conglomerate that manufacturers hundreds of products, including polymers, plastics, resins, sealants, foams, and adhesives. Employees at the Circleville Works and DuPont Polymer Electronics may be exposed to toxins. DuPont products are commonly used in applications related to automotive, packaging, construction, consumer goods, electronics, and healthcare.
Recent studies have linked Vinyl Chloride (VC) and Benzene to specific forms of cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies Benzene as a top-level human carcinogen. DuPont workers exposed to Benzene have increased risks of leukemia, mainly Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Vinyl Chloride, which is used in the production of many plastic products distributed by DuPont, is also known to be a dangerous carcinogen, linked to Angiosarcoma of the liver, and other serious health complications.
Workers may be exposed to Benzene or Vinyl Chloride at DuPont plants in Circleville, Ohio, or Dayton, Ohio, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges companies like DuPont to properly protect their employees.
If you have been exposed to Toxins at DuPont in Circleville, Dayton or West Virginia, and have questions about your legal rights, please contact The Lyon Firm.
Vinyl Chloride & Benzene Exposure
Workers at chemical and plastic plants where vinyl chloride is produced may be heavily exposed through inhalation, and risk developing deadly cancers like Angiosarcoma.
People exposed to Benzene in the same production facilities may develop Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Occupational exposure to Benzene and Vinyl Chloride is strongly linked to several serious health disorders and cancers including the following:
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Kidney Cancer
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
- Aplastic Anemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Hairy Cell Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Hematologic Cancers
- Testicular Cancer
C8 Cancer Cases & Dupont Lawsuits
DuPont, and most other major chemical producers in the U.S., have faced hundreds of lawsuits over the years for not only endangering employees but for contaminating huge areas of land and waterways, and injuring residents. According to the EPA, DuPont was responsible for dumping more than 1.7 million pounds of PFOA, a dangerous chemical, into the environment between 1951 and 2003. Much of this toxic waste found its way into the Ohio River.
The DuPont Washington Works manufacturing plant and its two landfills located upriver in West Virginia are likely the sources of the contamination. The chemical in question, perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, was used to make Teflon coating. In February, 2017, DuPont-Chemours agreed to pay $671 million to settle more than 3,500 lawsuits involving these contamination reports.
In July, 2016, a federal jury awarded an Ohio man $5 million in damages from DuPont after the man was diagnosed with cancer. The jury statement said DuPont acted with malice by dumping chemicals into nearby waterways.
University of Cincinnati researchers have found in a recent study that Ohio residents have a higher level of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in their bodies, likely due to industrial discharge into the Ohio River.
The chemical has been linked to a number of health issues. Thousands of lawsuits are pending against DuPont-Chemours. DuPont workers are at elevated health risks from contamination and exposure.
DuPont-Chemours & Toxic Exposure
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a health advisory this year for C8 levels in drinking water, after a growing body of medical research indicates C8 chemicals released by DuPont are harmful to human health. The researchers recommend very restrictive thresholds for C8 exposure.
This warning from health agencies echoes a similar conclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding Benzene and Vinyl Chloride. The WHO notes that there is no safe level of occupational Benzene or Vinyl Chloride exposure.
Still today, many employers like DuPont endanger their employees by exposing them to toxins. Benzene and VC can take years from first exposure until chemical plant workers develop the symptoms of cancers like Angiosarcoma and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Legal Representation for DuPont Workers
If you or a loved one suffered an illness due to Toxic Exposure at DuPont or another Ohio chemical company and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.