Toxic chemical exposure poses a threat to individuals and the community. Toxic chemicals are used in many industries to create the products that we use every day. Exposure to these chemicals poses a risk to employees, their families, and the communities near facilities that utilize these chemicals. Some of the most common ways people are exposed to toxic chemicals include:
- Employed at a chemical company or a company that utilizes toxic chemicals
- Individuals that have been environmentally exposed to chemicals, because they lived, worked or went to school near a chemical plant or refinery.
- Residents of communities, including entire towns, who were exposed to toxic chemical spills
Effects of toxic chemical exposure are often serious and might not manifest for months or even years after exposure.
Types of Toxic Chemical Exposure
There are many toxic chemicals that pose a potential risk to human health. Exposure to toxic chemicals can occur in the environment, home or at work.
Dangerous chemicals can be leaked into the environment through acts of carelessness, improper disposal or large spills. People living, attending school or working near facilities that utilize or produce toxic chemicals are at risk of exposure.
A common cause of toxic chemical exposure comes from toxic chemicals being used in everyday items. Toxic chemicals are widely used in many products including cleansers, detergents, herbicides, insect repellents, and pesticides. Products have been recalled due adverse health effects related to toxic chemical exposure.
Employers are required by OSHA to protect employees from hazards at work but inevitably there are incidents of exposure. Some industries where toxic chemical exposure is the most common are:
- Chemical Manufacturers
- Petroleum Production / Handling
- Railroad Workers
Our firm has handled many cases involving Benzene Exposure. Benzene is one of a small number of industrial chemicals that is recognized as a known human carcinogen. Widely used in a variety of industries Benzene is also a natural constituent of crude oil and is therefore present in many refined petroleum products.
Learn More about Benzene Exposure and the risk of cancer.
Silica is considered dangerous to workers when it becomes airborne and is inhaled. Those who inhale silica can develop silicosis which is a serious lung disease.
Lear More about Silica Exposure and the risk of lung disease.
A Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawsuit
Toxic chemical exposure cases fall under a particular type of personal injury lawsuit known as Toxic Tort. A toxic tort is a lawsuit in which the plaintiff claims that exposure to a chemical caused the plaintiff’s injury or disease. In a toxic tort case, the precipitating event can be the release of some harmful substance from an industrial or commercial facility that causes personal injury and/or property damage to individuals or landowners in the vicinity of the release.
A lawsuit is often necessary to maximize the settlement value of your case since often the defendants in toxic chemical exposure cases are well-funded corporations. These cases are highly complex and require the support of qualified medical evidence to support claims for damages.
Learn more about filing a lawsuit.
Experienced Toxic Chemical Exposure Attorney
The Dysart Law Firm P.C. is committed to helping those who have been injured due to toxic chemical exposure. We have fought some of the world’s largest corporations to obtain compensation for victims of corporate negligence and greed. If you or a loved one have been injured due to toxic chemical exposure please reach out.