Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawsuit in 2024 - A Complete Guide

If you or someone you love was injured after being exposed to a toxic chemical, you might be eligible to file a toxic chemical exposure lawsuit in 2024 to receive compensation. Toxic chemical exposure lawsuits are complex because various state and federal laws may apply. Nevertheless, working with an experienced chemical exposure lawyer can help you successfully recover the maximum toxic chemical exposure settlement amount in 2024 for your injuries. 

In the U.S, more than 800,000 illnesses and 60,000 deaths are reported annually due to harmful exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Whether or not you were injured at

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Health effects of toxic chemical exposures

The effects of chemical exposures can vary depending on the organ, frequency, dose level, duration, and route of exposure. A chronic health effect is an adverse health effect that leads to long-term exposure to a substance. However, acute health effects can be observed immediately or soon after exposure, often as a large, brief exposure. Filing a toxic chemical exposure lawsuit will provide you with fair compensation for your injuries and expenses.

List of toxic chemicals

Toxic chemicals are organic and inorganic substances that are hazardous to human health if inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin or other surfaces of the body. Common substances that make people injured with toxic chemical exposure include:

 

  • Acetone.
  • Asbestos.
  • Bromine.
  • Carbon monoxide.
  • Chlorine.
  • Cyanogen.
  • Food coloring and flavoring chemicals.
  • Herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides.
  • Heavy metal toxicity.
  • Hydrogen peroxide.
  • Isopropyl alcohol.
  • Lead poisoning.
  • Soil, water, and air contamination.

Other lesser-known chemicals include that can still cause injury or illness include:

  • Creosote.
  • Isocyanates.
  • Sodium dioxide.
  • Manganese.
  • Silica.
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl.
  • Photoresists.

Toxic chemical exposure happens when an individual is unaware of the dangers and risks of chemicals to which they are exposed to. Although a single incident of toxic chemical exposure is often not life-threatening, prolonged exposure to these chemicals can lead to serious, life-changing injuries, and even death. Therefore, choosing the right law firm will help you get a fair toxic chemical exposure lawsuit settlement without making many efforts.

Professions exposed to the dangers of chemical exposure

Here is a list of occupations where chemical exposure is a real danger:

  • Carpenters.
  • Electricians.
  • Factory workers.
  • Insulators.
  • HVAC technicians.
  • Painters.
  • Plumbers.
  • Railroad workers.
  • Textile mill workers.
  • Welders.

Toxic chemicals at work

Some people also face toxic chemical exposure in the workplace. These people are also eligible to seek compensation for their injuries by filing a toxic chemical exposure claim. A skilled and experienced attorney can help you in proving that:

  • Your employer didn’t perform preventative maintenance to avoid an accident.
  • Your employer didn’t provide adequate training for the proper handling of toxic chemicals.
  • Your employer didn’t provide adequate warning about the nature of the chemical you were using.
  • Your employer failed to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Your employer failed to provide prompt and appropriate medical care after exposure or injury.
  • Your employer requires you to use hazardous chemicals in your work.

Signs vs symptoms of chemical exposure

The signs of chemical exposure are external and can often be seen by you or others in the laboratory. They are objective and can sometimes be measurable. Signs of exposure sometimes include puffiness, hives, sneezing, and more. They are temporary and will go away when the source of the exposure is removed.

Meanwhile, the symptoms are internal and are not visible to the naked eye. They are only felt by the person feeling them. Examples of this include pain, dizziness, numbness, etc.

Sometimes a sign can indicate a symptom. For instance, vomiting is a sign that indicates someone is feeling nauseated (symptom). Here are the symptoms and the respective signs indicating toxic chemical exposure:

  • Blisters.
  • Burns.
  • Itching.
  • Redness.
  • Rash/Hives.
  • Abdominal Pain.
  • A warm sensation in the stomach (halogenated hydrocarbons).
  • Dark-colored (black water) urine (arsenic).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Dehydration.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Confusion/Lethargy.
  • Clear drainage from the nose.
  • Cough.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dizziness/Vertigo.
  • Dry/Scratching/Burning Throat.
  • Headache.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Rapid breathing (tachypnea).
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia).
  • Burning sensation in eyes.
  • Blurred vision/blindness (partial or complete).
  • Constant tear production.
  • Redness of the eyes.
  • Mucous discharge from tear ducts.

It is vital to know the signs and symptoms of the chemicals where you work and other chemicals in the laboratory to which you could potentially be exposed.

Legal theories to win a toxic chemical exposure lawsuit

When you file a lawsuit against toxic chemical exposure, your cause of action could be based on any of the following:

Products are sold with an explicit, written warranty. In some cases, there is an implied, unwritten warranty that the product is reasonably safe and serves its intended purpose. Thus, if the company breaks that explicit or implied promise, it might be liable for the harm done. Consequently, the top toxic chemical exposure lawyer will help you file a claim if you get injured using a product despite using that product as intended.

The defendant owed you a duty of care (to not release a toxic substance). However, that duty was breached (an accident resulted in a chemical entering the water supply. For example, that breach was the factual and legal (or proximate) cause of your injuries (e.g., stomach cancer). Moreover, under applicable law, the defendant needs to pay you toxic chemical exposure compensation for your injuries.

If a product is used for its intended purpose and instructions are being followed but the user was injured anyway, then the defendant is liable under strict liability law. The court may impose liability on all the parties responsible for putting a product into the marketplace. These include the manufacturer, distributor, and seller if the product was defectively designed or manufactured or there were insufficient warnings.

Find a firm with experience and network

Businesses operating in states across the country must meet federal standards of safety. However, individual states also have laws and regulations the business must follow.

If you have been severely injured from toxic chemical exposure, look for a law firm with extensive experience handling personal injury and strict liability cases. Ethen Ostroff Law helps victims find the best toxic chemical exposure lawyers in Philadelphia with a solid history of winning to help them get maximum compensation.

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