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Serigny, Chevron, Seaman, Benzene & Leukemia

toxic exposure, vinyl chloride, benzene, manganese, berylium, asbestos,benzene exposureSerigny, Chevron, Seaman, Benzene & Leukemia: A recent case in the United States District Court, W.D. Louisiana, Lake Charles Division ruled on a recent motion to remand.

The Serigny, Chevron, Seaman, Benzene & Leukemia case documents what many people may face today that may have worked in or around the petroleum industry, chemical industry and the petrochemical industry (on oil rigs, oil platforms, boats, ships and vessels) and been exposed to Benzene – leukemia or air borne chemical exposure.  The court ruled on the motion.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • Plaintiff alleges that defendants, collectively, exposed him to benzene and benzene containing products while he was employed as a seaman aboard various vessels thirty-plus years ago, between 1962 and 1976.
  • As a result, he developed multiple myeloma. Plaintiff seeks recovery via the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. § 30104, and general maritime law pursuant to the “saving to suitors” clause of 28 U.S.C. § 1333.
  • He did not demand a jury trial.

To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-1017 – July 14, 2014.


Benzene is a clear, colorless aromatic liquid that is highly flammable and is used in many industries, including, the petroleum industry, the petrochemical industry, the steel industry, the industrial chemical industry, the alkalies manufacturing industry, the paint indutry and by the chlorine manufacturers. Benzene exposure may cause:

  1. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  2. Acute non-lymphocytic leukemia (ANLL)
  3. Secondary aplastic anemia
  4. Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  5. Myelodysplasia
  6. Myelodysplastic syndrome, or
  7. Non-hodkins lymphoma
  8. Kidney problems


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases.

If you have been diagnosed with a serious disease (e.g., leukemia, non-hodgkins lymphoma etc.) from benzene exposure, and need a benzene lawyer to help you file a benzene exposure lawsuit, contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.