Polychlorinated Biphenyls, or PCB's, are man made chemicals that were once used for a variety of industrial and commercial purposes. PCB's can cause a number of health problems. Because of their danger, they are no longer produced today, but still remain present in the air, water, and soil. PCB's are especially present near factories where they were once manufactured, used, or disposed of.
What Kinds of Health Problems Can PCB's Cause?
PCB's can cause many human health problems, including:
- liver cancer
- malignant melanoma
- immune system suppression
- birth defects
- premature births
- neurological problems, including slower development and reduced short term memory
- skin rashes
What to do If You Have Been Exposed to PCB's
If you have experienced any of the symptoms of PCB exposure, you should contact your physician. You should also speak with a lawyer that specializes in toxic tort cases to determine if you have any claims for injuries you have suffered. A personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your injuries, and how you may be compensated for your injuries.