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What is Toxic Exposure?

A toxic substance is something that is poisonous to the human body. Toxic exposure occurs when the human body comes into contact with a toxic substance. Toxic substances can be found everywhere, from the air we breathe to the structures of our homes and workplaces. When a person is exposed to too much of a toxic substance, that person can become ill or even die.

Toxic Substances
Here is a list of some toxic substances that can result in personal injury:

  • Asbestos
  • Environmental Pollutants
  • Lead
  • Mold
  • Welding

Description - Asbestos is a material that was commonly used in insulation, pipes, and tiles. The federal government banned asbestos in the 1970s due to adverse side effects, so few products are made with asbestos today. Old buildings may still have asbestos products in them, which is released when the old building is modified or destroyed.

Risks - Dust from asbestos products is toxic when inhaled. Excessive asbestos exposure can lead to heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and other serious health problems.

If you believe you have become ill because of asbestos exposure you should hire a lawyer immediately. An experienced asbestos attorney will help you determine who is responsible for your exposure to the asbestos dust, and get proper compensation for your injuries.

Environmental Pollutants
Description - An environmental pollutant is a poisonous substance that has been released into the air or water. Usually, these substances are byproducts produced by factories, but they can come from other sources as well. Dangerous environmental pollutants include Benzene, Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), Sulfur Oxides, and Trichloroethylene (TCE). In addition, some forms of radiation, such as those emitted by power lines, may also prove dangerous to human beings.

Risks - There are numerous types of illnesses that can be caused by environmental pollutants, including cancer, birth defects, neurological damage, heart problems, respiratory problems, and even death.

If you believe you have become ill due to environmental pollutants you should hire a lawyer. An experienced environmental lawyer can help you determine who is responsible for your exposure to environmental pollutants, and get proper compensation for your injuries.

Description - Lead is a type of metal that previously was used in many common products, such as paint, pipes, and gasoline. When people realized that lead was a toxic substance, its use decreased dramatically. Still, some older houses and products have lead pipes and lead paint.

Risks - Lead exposure can lead to a number of problems including brain and kidney damage. Some symptoms of being exposed to lead can include headaches, nausea, constipation, seizures, and even coma. Children are particular susceptible to lead poisoning.

If you think you have been exposed to lead you should contact your doctor immediately. In addition, contact an attorney to help you determine who is responsible for your lead exposure and get proper compensation for your injuries.

Description - Mold is a type of fungus that exists in many forms. A familiar form of mold is the green mold called penicillin that you find on old bread. Penicillin is a beneficial form of fungus, used regularly for improving our health. Some molds, however, can be toxic, such as aspergillus, fusarium, paecilomyces, and stachybotrys.

Risks -Toxic mold exposure occurs through the air. If you are in a building or other environment that is rich in toxic mold, you are likely to inhale some. Excessive mold exposure can lead to respiratory problems, memory problems, headaches, and allergies, among other things. Those with asthma are especially susceptible to toxic mold related problems.

If you believe you've become sick due to toxic mold exposure you should see a doctor right away. In addition, you should consult with a lawyer experienced in toxic mold. An experienced attorney will help you determine who is responsible for your toxic mold exposure and get proper compensation for your injuries.

Description -Welding is the process of using a concentrated flame to work with metal. Welding can be very dangerous and should always be done with appropriate protective equipment.

Risks - Welding is inherently dangerous in that you can easily give yourself a very bad burn or damage your eyes. There are, however, other less visible dangers. Welding can release toxic fumes from the metal being worked on as well as toxic fumes from the flame itself. These toxic substances can include manganese, cadmium, and nitrogen dioxide, among others. Some of these substances have been linked to cancer, Parkinson's disease, and respiratory problems.

If you have suffered injuries associated with welding you should see your doctor for medical treatment. In addition, contact a personal injury attorney to help you determine who is liable for your welding related toxic exposure, and get proper compensation for your injuries.

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Last Modified: 03-05-2018 08:59 PM PST

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