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What is Hydrocarbon Poisoning?

Hydrocarbons are substances that are often found in crude oils, and may be extracted or modified to form various gases. A common everyday example of a hydrocarbon is butane (lighter fluid). Other forms of hydrocarbons include propane, ethane, benzene, and methane. These may have various uses, and can sometimes be combined with other substances to form different chemical compounds.

When people are exposed to hydrocarbons, they can suffer various types of injuries. This can occur primarily through inhalation or ingestion of the substances. These can result in injuries and medical conditions such as:

  • Coughing;
  • Choking;
  • Fever;
  • Pneumonia;
  • Nausea, dizziness, vomiting; and/or
  • Various other symptoms.

In particular, some hydrocarbons can be dangerous because they can enter into the lungs when ingested. Long-term exposure to hydrocarbons or exposure to large amounts can also result in more serious injuries, including lung damage, heart conditions, and other injuries.

Some hydrocarbon poisoning cases can be fatal. Gas explosion cases may also involve some hydrocarbon substances.

Who can be Held Liable for a Hydrocarbon Poisoning Injury?

Hydrocarbon poisoning cases can involve different factors, and different parties may be held liable for the injuries. In some cases, a plant that process, handles, or stores hydrocarbon materials may be held liable if their negligence causes injury to other people.

An example of this is where the company is negligent in the way that they seal their hydrocarbon materials. If their negligence results in a leak and people are injured, the company could be held liable for the injuries. Another example is where the negligence results in a hydrocarbon explosion.

In other cases, a manufacturer of hydrocarbon products may be held liable for injuries that are caused by some sort of product defect. For instance, if the product is manufactured in such a way that the seal can easily be opened by children, it could lead to a case of pediatric poisoning. Here, the manufacturer might be held liable under product defect laws.

What are the Legal Remedies for a Hydrocarbon Poisoning Lawsuit?

Hydrocarbon poisoning cases have the potential to involve many injured people, since gasses can travel and affect many people if there is a leak or explosion. These types of scenarios can result in a class action lawsuit if many people are affect by the exposure to toxic substances.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Hydrocarbon Poisoning Lawsuit?

Hydrocarbon poisoning is serious and may require a lawsuit. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can provide you with legal advice and guidance for your case.

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Last Modified: 07-24-2018 11:49 PM PDT

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