Exposure to chemicals and other toxins can have serious repercussions for your health. The detrimental effects of chemical exposure often have a significant and lasting impact on the wellbeing of those affected. While the nature of the injuries will vary depending on the type of chemical and the extent of the exposure, they should still be taken very seriously and medical attention should be sought after as soon as possible.
What Kind of Injuries Can Be Caused by Chemical Exposure?
A toxic tort refers to a type of personal injury case where a person has been exposed to a chemical or a different toxin that resulted in injury or medical issues. Some of the most commonly cited injuries in toxic tort cases are:
- Cancer (more specifically, mesothelioma and lung cancer)
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Lung disease
- Brain injury
- Nerve damage
- Birth defects
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Chronic headaches
- Multiple myeloma
- Aplastic anemia
You may be exposed to toxic chemicals in several ways. Sometimes there is groundwater contamination due to the dumping of chemicals and those in surrounding areas are exposed by water use. The exposure may have been due to air contamination caused by the release of toxins or noxious gases. You may have been exposed to toxic mold, asbestos or lead paint. Oftentimes, especially in certain industries, a worker is exposed to a chemical on the job. Some of the chemicals that are often at issue in toxic tort cases are:
- Toxic mold
- Carbon monoxide
- Hazardous waste
The symptoms of an injury or illness caused by chemical exposure may not immediately present themselves. It can sometimes take years for a person to discover the impact chemical exposure has had on his or her health. This can make the path to recovering compensation for any injuries sustained difficult as proving causation is a challenge with this kind of extensive time gap. This is a significant problem that will need to be overcome to bring a successful personal injury action because. To bring a successful personal injury claim for chemical exposure leading to injury, the plaintiff must be able to show that the defendant was the immediate cause of the harm the plaintiff sustained. The plaintiff must also be able to show that the harm would not have occurred had it not been for the actions of the defendant. This is why being able to prove the link between chemical exposure and the injury sustained is so crucial. Without it, you do not have a personal injury claim.
Toxic Tort Attorneys
At Dickman Law Office, we have the skills and knowledge base to fight for our clients who have sustained injury caused by chemical exposure. The tragedies that can follow chemical exposure can forever change a person’s life. Personal injury claims are complex. Dickman Law Office pushes through the barriers, solving problems along the way as we fight for our clients to receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. Contact us today.
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