Occupational Exposure to Chemicals Allegedly Causes Blood Disease

    Hematology Expert WitnessIn this case, several workers at a large rubber and adhesive manufacturing facility were diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. The workers, all of whom were under 40 years old at the time of their diagnosis, believe that they fell ill due to repeated exposure to chemicals used in the rubber manufacturing process. In particular, all of the affected workers were employed in roles that put them at risk for exposure to high levels of benzine used in the rubber manufacturing process.

    Question(s) For Expert Witness

    • 1. Do you have experience treating this cancer as it relates specifically to chemical exposure?
    • 2. Have you been published/lectured on the topic?

    Expert Witness Response E-000029

    I have a great deal of experience treating this disorder, and it is a large part of my active practice. I have lectured on this topic in the context of medical school and teaching hospital training programs. I have been published on this topic before. In addition, I have assisted in a case in which an individual who had been exposed to Agent Orange had also developed this disorder. There is not a wealth of information about chemical causation of this cancer, however benzene has been listed as a potential causative factor in a few sources. Interest to date has also focused on aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, dioxins, certain metals, and silicon. Based on the circumstances surrounding these cancers, it is definitely possible that their repeated exposure to benzene (and possibly other chemicals in the rubber manufacturing process) could be behind the unusual occurrence of this cancer.

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