Benzene Exposure – Leukemia

Tony was referred to McDermott-Hickey by his family attorney.  He had just been diagnosed with Leukemia, specifically; Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), a fast growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow.

During his client interview, Tony described cleaning tools and engine parts in tubs of pure Benzene while working at the Conrail yards in Cleveland. Benzene is an organic chemical compound valued by industry for its use as a solvent.  It is also a deadly carcinogen known to cause various cancers such as AML. This was no secret to the railroad which had Tony working literally up to his elbows in pure benzene without any type of protection or warning.

RESULT: The attorneys at McDermott-Hickey filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tony against his employer/railroad under the FELA. A substantial confidential settlement was reached for Tony prior to trial.


*Above are descriptions of cases previously handled by Chip Hickey and Kevin McDermott. Most cases, of any type, are resolved prior to trial and the terms of the settlement are normally confidential. The Case Summaries listed below are intended to give prospective clients some information about our experience in handling different types of cases. This is by no means a list of every case that we’ve handled over our many years of practice.  In many of the following summaries we have had to change the name of the client and are prohibited from disclosing settlement amounts due to Confidentiality Agreements. This is not meant to be a guarantee of any recovery. Each case stands on it’s own particular set of facts.