Toxic chemical exposure occurs when people ingest substances that are poisonous or harmful to human health. Toxic substances can be found everywhere, from the air we breathe to the structures of our homes and workplaces. When a person is exposed to too much of a toxic substance, that person can become ill or even die.
Toxic Chemical Hazards
Sadly, certain chemicals that were once thought to be safe have been found to be extremely dangerous to both human health and the environment. Sometimes the effect of toxic chemicals is immediate, as when a chemical spill kills fish or other wildlife. Other times, victims don’t see the harm for years or even decades after exposure to a toxin, such as asbestos.
How do people become exposed to toxic chemicals?
There are a number of ways in which a person can be exposed to a toxic chemical or harmful toxin. Asbestos fibers, toxic paint fumes, lead dust, and other chemicals can be inhaled through the lungs. Lead paint, pesticides, and other chemicals can be ingested by mouth, especially by young children. Some chemicals, such as solvents, paints, and benzene can be absorbed through the skin. Toxic chemicals can cause a wide range of serious health effects including cancer, asthma, lung disease, neurological damage, brain damage, skin disease, developmental disabilities in children, and even death.
Why are Toxic Exposure cases so complicated?
While a construction site accident or a fall from scaffolding failure are quite clearly workplace injuries, the damage caused by toxic exposures can take months, years, or even decades to develop. Some companies banked on the fact that a worker wouldn’t know where their cancer had come from by the time the disease became apparent. Additionally, occupational diseases can be tricky to pinpoint. It is important to understand the toxic substance, its effects, and its effects in combination with other exposures.
Study Links Toxic Chemical Exposure to Decades of Brain Damage
In May 2014, Neurology published a study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health involving more than 2,100 public utility workers in France. They found that a lifetime of exposure to paint fumes, glue, degreaser, petroleum, and other common solvents is associated with brain damage that lasts for many decades after exposure. Click here to read more.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a toxic chemical exposure, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please use the links below for more information regarding toxic substance issues on our website.
- Auto Mechanics
- Diesel exhaust
- Exxon oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas
- Elk River spill in West Virginia
- Lead poisoning
- Methyl Bromide
- Nail salon workers
- Vinyl Chloride (PVC)
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