Skip to main content
Benzene Lawyer 24/7
Benzidine - Butadiene Bladder Cancer Lawsuit

Butadiene in the Workplace

Butadiene is a colorless gas produced as a co-product in the manufacture of ethylene, 1,3-butadiene and is used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), polybutadiene rubber and thermoplastic resins.

Inhaled butadiene is highly carcinogenic with studies consistently finding excess mortality from lymphatic and haematopoietic cancers associated with occupational exposure to butadiene. In the mid 1940's increases in lymphosarcomas in production butadiene workers were first studies by experts.  Exposures to butadiene were probably much higher during the Second World War, with the great increase in synthetic rubber tire and hose production.

Uses of 1,3-Butadiene

Butadiene is used in the production of rubber, rubber hoses, tires and plastics. Butadiene is also used in copolymers including acrylics. Butadiene is also released into the air from motor vehicle exhaust, manufacturing and processing facilities, forest fires or other combustion, and cigarette smoke. Butadiene may be found in highly industrialized cities or near oil refineries, chemical manufacturing plants, and plastic, resin and rubber factories.

Butadiene Bladder Cancer

Animal studies using mice have reported developmental effects, such as skeletal abnormalities and decreased fetal weights, and reproductive effects, including an increased incidence of ovarian atrophy and testicular atrophy from inhalation exposure to 1,3-butadiene. A large epidemiological study of synthetic rubber industry workers demonstrated a consistent association between 1,3-butadiene exposure and occurrence of leukemia. Several epidemiological studies of workers in styrene-butadiene rubber factories have shown an increased incidence of respiratory, bladder cancer, stomach, and lymphato-hematopoietic cancers.

Benzidene and Bladder Cancer

Benzidine exposures resulting in bladder cancer are associated with production and use of PAHs (aluminum production, coal gasification, coal-tar pitches, benzopyrenes and hair dyes. Such benzidine hair dye exposures can increase the risks of bladder cancer to hairdressers hair stylists and barbers.

Benzidine is a chemical manufactured to be used to produce dyes. Exposure to bezidine has been associated with increased risk of urinary bladder cancer.  It is a crystalline solid that may be grayish-yellow, white, or reddish-gray.  Benzidine was used for many years to produce dyes for cloth, paper, and leather. It is no longer produced or used commerically in the U.S.

Occupational exposure to benzidine can increase the risk of developing urinary bladder cancer. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the EPA have determined that benzidine is a human carcinogen. The most common dyes made from benzidine, are Direct Blue 6 Dye, Direct Black 38 Dye, and Direct Brown 95 Dye.

Toxic Exposure & Accident Help

If you or a loved one have suffered an industrial or refinery accident, illness or been diagnosed with any of the following occupational diseases, then you need to consult with an attorney to discuss a potential toxic chemical exposure and personal injury lawsuit. Free Case Consultation from an Experienced Toxic Injury Trial Lawyer. No Fees or No Expenses Ever Charged to you unless you Recovery Compensation.

Refinery & Chemical Plant Lawsuits – Talk to a Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) or Mesothelioma Asbestos Cancer or other cancers & diseases, then you need to consult with an attorney to discuss a potential exposure lawsuit. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, with 30+ years of legal experience. Call 1-800-883-9858 or click the link below.


    By Attorney David Willis of The Willis Law Firm
    Principal Office -  5005 Riverway Drive, Suite # 160, Houston, Texas 77056 

     Toll Free 1-800-GOT-HURT™
    Licensed in State of Texas since 1983 and State of New York since 2005
    Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    © 2006-2017 The Willis Law Firm, All Rights Reserved. Please Read the Law Firm Legal Notices & Disclaimer.
    All trademarks and registered trademarks appearing on this website are the property of their respective owners.

    NOTE: If you have been exposed to any refined petroleum products or chemicals containing benzene, toluene, xylene, naphtha or any aromatic hydrocarbon and have been diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, AML Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), Aplastic Anemia (AA), Multiple Myeloma, or Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), then you may have a right to file a benzene exposure lawsuit. Call for a Free Confidential Consulation. Do Not Delay. Some states have filing dealings or statute of limititations that expire as short as one year from date of diagnosis and/or other strict conditions. Talk to a benzene exposure lawyer and get the help you and your family deserve. 

    All Cases Taken on a Contingency Fee Basis. No Attorney's Fee or Expenses Unless a Recovery Obtained.