Description – Xylene is a colorless, sweet-smelling highly flammable liquid.  Xylene is used as a solvent for gums and rubbers.  Xylene can also used as a degreaser, cleaning agent, paint thnner, dyes, and in lacquers and varnishes.  It is found in small amounts in aviation fuels.  Xylene is used in the manufacture of insecticides, leathers and synthetic plastics and rubber.  Exposure to Xylene occurs mainly through breathing contaminated air from places of work, waste sites, automobile exhaust or cigarette smoke. Exposure can also occur through breathing Xylene from paint thinners, paint, and other products that contain Xylene. 

Risks – High-level exposure to Xylene can result in headaches, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, nausea, and suppress functions of the nervous system.  At very high levels, it may lead to a loss of consciousness and possibly even death. 

If you or a loved one has become ill because of Xylene exposure you should considering hiring a personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your exposure to Xylene and get proper compensation for your injuries.