California Toxic Chemical Exposure
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We are exposed to dangerous fumes and chemicals everyday. From the gasoline we fill in our cars to the cleaning products we store in our homes, toxic chemicals are all around us.
Toxic chemical exposure occurs when someone breathes or ingests a substance that is poisonous or harmful to their health. Exposure can happen at work, at a business or even at home.
Victims of toxic chemical exposure in California have the right to seek compensation for injuries and illnesses they have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.
The experienced California toxic exposure attorneys at Bisnar Chase can help you and your family obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals
It is first important to understand the difference between toxic chemicals and chemicals that are hazardous. A hazardous chemical, for example, may explode or catch fire. If you were injured in such an incident and you need legal help right away contact a California explosion attorney at Bisnar Chase. We are experienced in this area and we can help.
A toxic chemical can have a devastating impact on your health when breathed, touched or ingested. Toxic chemicals can cause vomiting, burns, drowsiness, diarrhea, illness, cancer or even death. Some chemicals, such as gasoline, are toxic and hazardous.
There are many different substances that are toxic, but some are more dangerous than others. While some toxins cause physical symptoms such as vomiting, others can cause serious or life-threatening illnesses such as cancer years or even decades after exposure. The most potent toxic chemicals can cause devastating injuries or illnesses in even small amounts. For example, cyanide and sodium chloride are both chemicals, but cyanide is poisonous in small amounts. Therefore, it is more potent and toxic than sodium chloride.
Examples of Toxic Chemicals
There are many toxic substances that can cause illness or death. Some of the most common toxic substances include:
- Ammonia: This is a colorless gas that is commonly used in smelling salts, cleaning products and fertilizers. Individuals who are exposed to high levels of ammonia because they work with powerful cleaning products or fertilizers can suffer lung, throat, eye and skin damage.
- Asbestos: Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was commonly used in building materials because of its resistance to fire or heat. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can result in mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
- Benzene: This is a highly flammable chemical that is among the top 20 chemicals for production value, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is used in the production of plastics, nylon, synthetic fibers, lubricants, rubbers, detergents and pesticides. Exposure to benzene can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of benzene exposure may include drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness and even death.
- C8: C8 is a toxic chemical that can cause kidney cancer, testicular cancer, hypertension during pregnancy and other health conditions if leaked into the groundwater.
- Chlorine: Chlorine is of the most commonly manufactured chemicals in the United States. It is used in the manufacture of paper, cloth, pesticides, rubbers and solvents. In small amounts, chlorine is relatively harmless. In large amounts, however, chlorine can cause damage to the eyes, throat and lungs.
- Oil refinery fumes: The fumes from oil refineries have been linked to Leukemia. Oil refinery workers and even residents who live near the refinery can suffer devastating, long-term side effects from exposure to the fumes.
Steps to Take if You Have Suffered Toxic Exposure
If you are suffering from immediate health issues because of a toxic exposure, there are a number of steps you should take to protect your best interests. Immediately notify the property manager or supervisor in charge of the premises where the exposure occurred. You should also seek out medical attention. It may be possible to lessen the damage caused by the exposure if you are properly diagnosed and treated right away. Unfortunately, many victims of toxic exposure are not aware of the harm they have suffered until much later. Workers who are exposed to toxic substances on a regular basis may experience minor symptoms only to find out months or years later that they have suffered permanent harm.
Rights of Toxic Exposure Victims
If you have suffered from toxic exposure at work, you can pursue compensation for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages through workers' compensation benefits. The family of someone who has died as a result toxic exposure can seek death benefits as well. Unfortunately, workers' compensation benefits rarely cover all of the losses in such cases.
In some cases involving toxic chemicals, even those that occur at work, it is possible to seek financial compensation through civil litigation and third-party liability claims. A skilled California toxic chemical lawyer can review the circumstances of the incident to determine how much compensation should be available for the victim and the victim's family.
When a person's or entity's negligence results in serious injuries or illnesses, financial support should be available for all current and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, mental anguish and other related damages.