What You Need to Know About Toxic Chemical Exposure
One of the hazards many American workers have to deal with is exposure to toxic chemicals. Even if your employer has done his/her best to protect you from injury, sometimes it’s just not enough. Accidents will happen and these chemicals can easily be inhaled and absorbed through your skin. Some of these hazardous poisons may not affect you at first, but down the road you may develop cancer, especially if you’ve been exposed to these chemicals day in and day out.
Chemical exposure isn’t just daily use of the harsh chemicals that you may clean your home with. Most of these toxic substances are a result of living and working in an industrial atmosphere. Here’s a few of the more common types of exposure that can happen while you’re on the job:
- Asbestos – When you are exposed to asbestos, you breathe in silica particles which cause scar tissue to develop in your lungs. This could lead to either lung cancer or mesothelioma.
- Water Contamination – Contamination can be caused several things like septic systems, improper disposal of household chemicals, landfills, and agricultural runoff.
- Soil Contamination – This happens to the soil near a body of contaminated water. You can easily be exposed through skin contact, such as gardening or even walking through the soil, inhalation, or even ingestion.
- Pesticides – Although pesticides may be effective in killing pesky bugs, it can also cause serious side effects in humans.
- Metal Poisoning – Exposure to such metals as lead, mercury, and manganese can cause serious illness.
- Toxic Mold – Not the kind of mold you would find on your stale bread. This mold can be found in homes, commercial buildings, and schools. It can cause major illnesses such as Stachybotrys atra, Aspergillus, and Penicillium.
It’s important when you file a toxic exposure claim that you get as much evidence as possible to have a successful outcome. Make sure you have your doctor check you out and give you a proper diagnosis. Also, make sure you get as much information as you can on the chemicals that you were exposed to.
If you were exposed to toxic and hazardous chemicals that caused you to become ill, don’t delay. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone for a free consultation.