People are exposed to a number of toxic chemicals on a daily basis in their homes, workplaces, and general environment. Exposure, which can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or absorption, can have serious health implications such as cancer, fertility issues, and brain injury. Employers, manufacturers, farmers, and waste management professionals must take great care in keeping tabs on their chemical handling practices so as not to put anyone in unreasonable risk. Those who do suffer harm may take legal action to recover their damages.
Sources of Toxic Chemical Poisoning
Our firm handles various cases for victims of toxic chemical poisoning. Below are just a few examples of the various types and sources of toxic chemical poisoning for which people wind up suing.
- Water contamination – Water can be contaminated when chemicals are leached into the ground. A few of the possible causes of water contamination include agricultural runoff, septic systems, toxic waste dumps, and water treatment plants.
- Soil contamination – Just as chemicals can seep into the earth and contaminate the water, they can also stay in the soil and pose risk of poisoning. Skin contact with the dirt, inhaling the chemical-laden dust from the ground, and eating foods grown in contaminated soil may be sources of toxic chemical poisoning.
- Asbestos – People can be exposed to asbestos in homes or buildings manufactured with asbestos products or asbestos-type insulation, in plants that use or create asbestos-related products, or at construction sites where asbestos is present.
- Benzene – Benzene, a naturally occurring yet toxic chemical, is used in a number of industries. Workers in ore or coal mining, textiles, metal manufacturing, and more may be susceptible to benzene poisoning.
Many common products contain toxic chemicals, as well. Cosmetics, nail polish, medicines, dental filings, pesticides, insecticides, rubber, plastics, household cleaners, and paints, are all potentially toxic, as are products that release carbon monoxide such as spray paint, gas heaters, grills, and boats. Over-exposure to products tainted with excess noxious chemicals can lead to dangerous and potential fatal health conditions.
Developing Symptoms of Poisoning
Exposure to a toxic substance can have a rapid or a gradual effect on someone, depending on the strength and amount of the substance, and the duration of the exposure. For example, a steady carbon monoxide leak can kill a person in her sleep relatively quickly within tight quarters.
On the other hand, it may take a while for someone to develop symptoms of poisoning. For instance, many of the employees and soldiers at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune wound up developing certain types of cancer including lung, bladder, and kidney cancer. Upon investigation, the government discovered that the ground water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. The routine exposure to the toxic water took a while to impact the soldiers’ health.
If you believe you’ve been exposed to a harmful chemical or believe your current health condition may be linked to a prior exposure, speak to your doctor straightaway.
Consult an Injury Attorney
Also discuss your illness and exposures with a personal injury attorney to determine if you qualify to file a claim. You might be able to file a suit and recover your damages if another party’s negligence caused your illness. The damages include not only your medical bills, but also pain and suffering and lost wages.
For a firm in California that handles toxic chemical poisoning cases, contact Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP. We have the background, resources, and fighting power necessary to pursue settlements for our clients. Call us today at 619-296-5884 to set up a free no-obligation consultation.