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Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) Brain Cancer & Angiosarcoma of the Liver Lawsuit
Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) Brain Cancer & Angiosarcoma of the Liver Lawsuit

Vinyl chloride monomer also called vinyl chloride, VCM or chloroethene. Vinyl chloride monomer is colorless compound used to produce the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Vinyl chloride gas has a sweet odor and is highly toxic, flammable, and a very carcinogenic (cancer causing) petrocheical by-product.

Vinyl chloride monomer can be produced from acetylene or with ethane. Acetylene reacts with anhydrous hydrogen chloride gas over a mercuric chloride catalyst to give vinyl chloride. VMC production from acerylene is exothermic and highly selective and yields a very pure product. Ethylene made from ethane by cracking ethane and then ethylene is used for production of vinyl chloride. The direct feed of ethane to vinyl chloride plants considerably decrease raw material costs and make the plants less dependent on its cracker capacity.

Vinyl chloride is flammable and will release corrosive hydrogen chloride and toxic phosgene. In the 1930's the hepatotoxicity of VCM first was studied and it was shown that even a single short-term high dose of vinyl chloride can cause liver damage.

Then in the late 1960s,  John Creech from B.F. Goodrich discovered angiosarcoma (a very rare cancer) in the liver of a worker at the B.F. Goodrich plant in Louisville, Kentucky.  According to the United States EPA:

"....vinyl chloride emissions from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), ethylene dichloride (EDC), and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plants cause or contribute to air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to result in an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible, or incapacitating reversible illness..." Prior to 1974 many PVC and VCM workers were routinely exposed to 1000 ppm Vinyl Chloride causing “Vinyl Chloride Illness”-with Acrosteolysis, Raynaud’s Phenomenon .

In 1999 IPCS report on Vinyl Chloride states the intensity of symptoms vary from acute (1000-8000 ppm) including dizziness, nausea, visual disturbances, headache, ataxia to chronic (above 12000 ppm) including narcotic effect, cardiac arrhythmias, fatal respiratory failure. Later in 1999 and 2006, ASTDR Reports identify Vinyl Chloride as a mutagen having clastogenic effects affecting lymphocyte chromosomal structure. According to ICAR, Vinyl Chloride is Group 1 human carcinogen posing elevated risks of rare Anginosarcoma, brain cancers & lung tumors and malignant haematopoeitic, lymphatic tumors (Source: VCM wikipedia)

Toxic Exposure & Accident Help

If you or a loved one have suffered  Angiosarcoma of the liver from VCM exposure or sustained any 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.

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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.

Products with Benzene Exposure:
Adhesives
Jet Fuel and Aviation Fuel
Solvents and Degreasers used by automotive mechanics
Bulk refined petroleum products on barges
Denture Adhesives (some)
Brake Cleaning Products
Engine and turbine workers
Gasoline
Paint Thinners and Solvents House painters
Solvents in Industrial plants
Barge Products Maritime workers
Newspaper Print Chemicals
Solvents and Drilling Fluids
Pesticides
Benzene
Xylene
Naphtha
Toluene
Synthetic rubber

Other Benzene Containing Products:
WD 40 Solvent Spray
Liquid Wrench Degreaser
Rust-Ban 392
Sunoco Household Oil
3-In-One Electric Motor Oil
Creosote Lumber
Creosote Railroad Ties
3-In-One Household Oil
Gardner Blacktop Driveway Sealer
Gardner EZ STIR Filler Sealer
Parks Furniture Refinisher
Parks Adhesive Remover
Parks Mineral Spirits Paint Thinner
Parks Lacquer Thinner
Parks Brush Cleaner
Parks PRO liquid Paint Stripper
Parks liquid Strip
Parks Lacquer Thinner 6/13/97
Parks Adhesive Remover 9/4/98
Parks liquid Deglosser 9/4/98
Gumoutregane Premium Gas Treatment
Gumoutxtra 1 Tank Carb Cleaner
Gumouttune Up Spray
Gumoutcarb/Fuel Injector Cleaner (Aerosol)
Gumoutcarb/Fuel Injector Cleaner (liquid)
Gumoutdiesel Fuel System Cleaner
Gumoutcold Weather Diesel Treatment
Gumoutliquid Intake Cleaner
Champion Carb. Cleaner
Champion Flush Off Degreaser
Champion Brake Cleaner
Champion Cold Galvanize
Champion Galv Off
Champion CS+
Champion N/F 4 Way Penetrating Oil
Champion Stainless Steel Cleaner
Champion X It Out Vandal Mark Remover
Champion Super Lubricant
Champion Spray Paint
Champion Flying Insect Killer
Champion Fire Ant Killer
Champion Multi Insect/lice Killer
Champion Indoor Insect Fogger
Champion Ant & Roach
Champion Metered Insecticide
Bonide Grass, Weed & Vegetation Killer
Ortho Weed-B-Gone
Staffel's Screwwork Compound-U.S.
Martin's Formula No. 62 Screw Work Smear for Horses and Mules
Thoroseal Redi Mix Paint
Naptha
VM & P Naptha
Varsol

 

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