Isophorone is a clear liquid with a sweet smell similar to peppermint. It is used in lacquers, adhesives, paints, inks, coil coating and metal decorative coating formulations. It is also used as an intermediate in the production of other chemicals. Exposure to Isophorone occurs predominantly when one works in the printing, adhesives, and ink manufacturing industries.
How Can I Be Exposed to Isophorone?
A person can be exposed to Isophorone in their workplace where they deal with lots of chemicals or at home if they use paint, adhesives, lacquers, and ink. Isophorone has also been found in the drinking water of Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. Isophorone can enter a person’s body if they breathe its vapor, have skin contact with it, drink contaminated water, or eat contaminated food.
What Are the Risks to Isophorone Exposure?
Short-term exposure to Isophorone through inhalation can cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, and may lead to unconsciousness. Physical contact may result in burning and irritation of the skin and eyes. Long-term exposure can lead to kidney, liver, and even nerve damage.
Can I Sue For Being Exposed to Isophorone?
If you have been exposed to Isophorone through the negligent contamination of a company or in an unsafe work environment, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit to an individual or a class action lawsuit against a big industry to recover for your damages. Personal injury lawyers who practice toxic torts litigation bring class action lawsuits against these industries or companies for causing personal injury such as isophorone contamination through their negligent practices in the production, storage, transport, or sale of the harmful substances.
What Laws Protect Exposure from Isophorone?
Although isophorone can be found in many chemicals that people use on a daily basis, there are laws that state how the public should be informed about the toxic substances. Most laws regulating toxic substances are passed at the Federal level rather than the state level. Congress passed an "enabling act" that requires the appropriate Federal agency to regulate certain types of substances.
Through the Environmental Community Right to Know Act, companies are required to warn the public that these toxic substances are found in their facilities or in the products that they sale or transport so the general public has notice. Through the OSH act, employees are protected in the workplace if there is a significant risk of material health impairment to an employee.
Do I Need an Attorney?
If you or a loved one has become ill because of Isophorone exposure you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your exposure to Isophorone and get proper compensation for your injuries.