Last Updated on April 19, 2021 by Legal Team
What is Toxic Exposure?
Toxic exposure is a common cause of injuries at workplaces, and it can occur even when measures have been put in place to prevent them. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) law of 1970, all work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths are supposed to be adequately compensated. Employers are obligated to compensate employees in cases of injuries from toxic exposure.
What Causes Toxic Exposure?
Toxic exposure occurs when one comes into contact with harmful chemicals or natural substances. These substances can either be inhaled like chemical fumes, absorbed through the skin, or even eaten in foods.
In most cases, toxic exposure involves the improper handling of toxic chemicals. Both private and public industries can be liable for any irresponsible activity and use of poisonous compounds in their manufacturing process.
What are the different types of toxic exposure?
Several types of toxic exposure exist, and some can even lead to death. The most common types of toxic exposure are:
- Household and Industrial solvents: These may be cleaners, sanitizers, glues, paints, and thinners.
- Metal poisoning: Metals like lead, mercury, and chromium can cause severe side effects.
- Pesticides: They help in pest control but can be harmful to humans because of the chemicals they contain.
- Hazardous waste: Negligence from industrial plants emitting dangerous waste can pose severe threats to workers and the general public.
- Asbestos: This is a dangerous toxicant that is known to cause lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma. Factories that manufacture asbestos insulation should ensure it won’t affect the workforce and people around the plant.
- Water and soil contamination: This can occur in numerous ways like oil spillage, improper household chemical handling, and toxic waste dumps. If not carefully handled, this type of exposure can cause adverse effects.
Common Injuries from Toxic Exposure
Toxic exposure can lead to various injuries that can be both general and specific to some toxicants. It can also lead to effects in all biological systems. Common injuries that result from toxic exposure include:
- Cancer (brain, kidney, brain, liver)
- Respiratory problems like breathing difficulties
- Brain damage
- Nervous system disorders
- Mental incapacitation, causing learning disabilities like attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s disease (lymphoma)
- Blood disorders
- Immune system complications like allergies
- Birth defects
Who is at risk of toxic exposure?
People at high risk of toxic exposure include painters, chemical lab workers, pesticide manufacturers, gasoline workers, oil tanker workers, and rubber industry workers. Paper and pulp manufacturing, printing/newspaper, or PVC plant workers are also at high risk. However, the toxic exposure isn’t limited to these industries. We all need to observe safety measures against toxic substances effects.
Preparing For a Toxic Exposure Lawsuit
If you are considering filing a toxic exposure lawsuit, it’s vital to obtain much information so that your attorney can effectively evaluate your claim. Collect as much evidence as possible. For instance, a doctor’s diagnosis of the toxicity and details about the toxic chemicals will be useful. After that, you can proceed to seek an experienced attorney to handle the toxic exposure claim.
We all have a right to stay safe from hazardous chemicals and other toxic substances. If you ever come in contact with toxic exposure and are looking for financial compensation for your illness, be sure to contact a reliable and qualified attorney.