Have You Been Exposed to a Toxic Substance?
Attorneys at Atkins & Markoff have extensive experience representing individuals who have become injured or ill because of exposure to toxic substances. While most common cases of toxic exposure occur in the workplace, no one is immune. If you find yourself in a situation where you have sustained an injury or have become ill due to toxic exposure, it is important for you to retain the services of an attorney. Our personal injury lawyers will be able to help you understand the various toxic torts, as well as what your rights are after the time of exposure.
Types of Toxic Exposure Lawsuits
Unfortunately, there are many different types of substances that pose a danger to individuals if they are ingested, or in some cases, simply exposed to. Below you will find information on the most common type of toxic exposure lawsuits in the country:
Asbestos – Asbestos were used to manufacture a wide variety of products in the U.S. prior to the 1980s. Used as insulation, on concrete, in piping, and on railroads. The highly toxic nature of asbestos was not realized until somewhat recently. While the U.S. no longer allows manufacturers to use asbestos, those exposed to high levels of the toxin may experience dangerous repercussions, such as lung cancer mesothelioma.
- Lead – If exposed to high levels of lead, individuals (especially children) may become ill or notice other harmful side effects. Additionally, lead poisoning may occur if an individual swallows objects that contain lead or lead dust. Lead pipes in older houses are another leading cause of lead poisoning.
- Contaminated groundwater – Groundwater is rainwater that has found its way into a body of water, such as a stream or lake. This type of water can then seep into the soil and, in some cases, comes in contact with hazardous materials.
- Benzene – Benzene is very difficult to detect and is listed amongst the top 20 chemicals used in the U.S. for manufacturing. A colorless or slightly yellow chemical, Benzene is oftentimes associated with oil, gasoline, or cigarette smoke.
Health Risks Associated With Toxic Exposure
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are four main categories of health problems that people may be at risk for if they have been exposed to a harmful toxin.
- Respiratory Irritation
- Nervous System Problems
- Birth Defects
To learn more about these health risks and to find out your rights in case you have been exposed to a harmful toxin, please contact our law office today. Atkins & Markoff attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, which has given us the expertise to represent a wide range of clients. Toxic exposure is very serious and could pose deadly health risks, which is why it is important for you to seek legal action in some cases. To learn more about our law firm and how we can help you, please call us today to set up your free consultation.