A cancer-causing gas emitted from the B. Braun plant in Hanover Township, Pa., is believed to have seriously sickened at least 16 people – three of them fatally – who have lived, worked, and spent significant time near the plant.

Ethylene oxide, or EtO, a chemical used to sterilize medical equipment, has been deemed a human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EtO has been linked to breast cancer, leukemia and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, among other cancers.

Kline & Specter has filed lawsuits on behalf of 16 victims believed sickened by EtO emissions from the B. Braun plant. If you feel that you or a loved one contracted cancer as a result of ethylene oxide emissions from the Hanover Township plant, you may also have grounds for a lawsuit.

Our firm has won numerous verdicts and settlements in cancer lawsuits and more than $10 billion overall in personal injury cases. The law firm has more than 40 attorneys, five of whom are also medical doctors – the most in the nation -- giving us the experience and expertise to quickly assess and then litigate cancer cases.

EPA data has shown that the cancer risk from EtO, a colorless gas, was substantially higher than average in one Hanover Township neighborhood. 

Among plaintiffs represented by Kline & Specter are three who have died due to cancer, seven who contracted breast cancer, two with brain cancer, two with types of blood cancer and one with a form of urogynecologic cancer. The lawsuits seek punitive as well as compensatory damages against B. Braun.

In addition to filing the lawsuits, Kline & Specter also filed a complaint with the EPA and requested that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection investigate the matter and order remediation. 

According to news reports, B. Braun, based in Germany, has at times been the nation’s 12th largest polluter of ethylene oxide and the largest in Pennsylvania, putting 41,000 people who live near the plant at a greater risk of contracting cancer.