Benzene Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Chevron

A Texas family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Chevron, charging that their father and husband, Luther Wesley Miller, died of complications due to Benzene exposure while working at Texaco.

The benzene lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County District Court in Texas on June 19, indicates that Miller died of multiple myeloma on Feb. 7, 2008. The complaint alleges that Chevron knew benzene was a carcinogen and could cause other health problems, but did not properly warn workers or take necessary safety precautions regarding workers’ exposure to the chemical.

Multiple myeloma is a form of cancer that attacks the plasma cells. Symptoms can include bone pain, kidney dysfunction, renal failure, anemia, weakness, confusion, fatigue, loss of bowel or bladder control, and can lead to other infections, such as pneumonia.

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Miller’s benzene death was described as “painful and terrible” according to the complaint filed by his wife and children. Multiple myeloma is incurable and most patients have a prognosis of about three years, though treatments can extend the life of a patient by up to 55 months under ideal conditions.

Benzene is an industrial chemical that is used as a solvent in the production of drugs, synthetics and dyes. It has also been used as a gasoline additive, although limits have been placed on its use in fuel due to benzene’s negative health effects.

In addition to multiple myeloma, benzene exposure has been linked to the development of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL), Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia, Aplastic Anemia and Thrombocytopenic Purpura.

5 Comments

  • johnMarch 26, 2014 at 7:13 am

    you know im 40ish yrs of age and I think that this law suite is kinda funny not for the sick (no disrespect intended) but really from what im reading this benezene is really in everything from prescripitions from doc that tell we are sick with this to what ever we work with drive ride push peddle and the air we breathe is all poluteded with this so who do we really blame from are jobs we once had [Show More]you know im 40ish yrs of age and I think that this law suite is kinda funny not for the sick (no disrespect intended) but really from what im reading this benezene is really in everything from prescripitions from doc that tell we are sick with this to what ever we work with drive ride push peddle and the air we breathe is all poluteded with this so who do we really blame from are jobs we once had to the playtoys we had as kids to who ever invented benezene and why stop there every day are government colleges schools but mainly high end government funded colleges mix this with that to get rid of this and that one day and the next day do the same thing all over again for what was designed tested labeled and put away then starts all over again the very next day so who can we really blame but more power to you wish you the best and im inline next

  • BarbaraJanuary 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Looking for former employees of chevron,IT Corp.,Exxon, Univeral Engineering

  • WynordAugust 5, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I worked for ExxonMobil for 27 years. I was diagnois with multiple myeloma on April 2006. I resigned from Exxonmobil on June 2008 after our daily work load became more stressful due to abusive supervisors. During my 27 years with ExxonMobil U.S.A. I was exposed with others to chromate, safety solvent, glycol units that later was known to be highly load with benezene, and NORM producing equipmen[Show More]I worked for ExxonMobil for 27 years. I was diagnois with multiple myeloma on April 2006. I resigned from Exxonmobil on June 2008 after our daily work load became more stressful due to abusive supervisors. During my 27 years with ExxonMobil U.S.A. I was exposed with others to chromate, safety solvent, glycol units that later was known to be highly load with benezene, and NORM producing equipment.

  • DavidJuly 21, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I would hope that you can update the prognosis information on myeloma. I was diagnosed in 2001, and after undergoing a stem cell transplant, have lived a fairly normal life for the last 92 months and the doc tells me that he sees no reason for this to change in the near future. Incidentally, as a child, up to about age 18, I was an avid stamp collector. At that time, the only way to detect wat[Show More]I would hope that you can update the prognosis information on myeloma. I was diagnosed in 2001, and after undergoing a stem cell transplant, have lived a fairly normal life for the last 92 months and the doc tells me that he sees no reason for this to change in the near future. Incidentally, as a child, up to about age 18, I was an avid stamp collector. At that time, the only way to detect watermarks on stamps was to immerse them in benzene, which I did repeatedly for a number of years. Obviously, I don't do that any more, but have always wondered as to how much this contributed to my developing multiple myeloma at age 62.

  • mikeJune 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Are they going to show that this case is within the statistical average for the population at the plant?

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