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Toxic Exposure

Toxic Exposure

Most Americans are exposed to toxic substances virtually everywhere we go—the workplace, gas stations, restaurants, parks, lakes, and even our homes are potential hideouts for substances that can have negative effects on our health. While many laws have been enacted to protect consumers and workers from exposure to toxins, many dangerous substances are still present in the home, soil, air, food and in many workplaces. Most toxic substance exposure does not result in serious health problems, but certain exposures can be deadly.

The Toxic Exposure Lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP have successfully handled hundreds of lawsuits on behalf of toxic exposure victims and their families. If you or a loved one has developed side effects due to toxic exposure, contact our law firm now by calling 1-800-718-4658, or by completing the contact form to the right.

Our attorneys will answer your questions and provide a case evaluation free of charge. We never collect a fee for our services, unless a recovery is made. Contact us today to find out if you may have a claim for your toxic exposure injuries or for the injuries of a loved one.

We are currently pursuing the following Toxic Exposure Claims:

Benzene

Benzene - Toxic Exposure

Benzene is used in many products that are kept in the home and at work. According to the American Cancer Society, benzene is one of the twenty most widely-used chemicals in the U.S. It is found in laundry detergent, pesticides, prescription drugs, plastics, rubber, dyes, etc.

In its liquid state, benzene is colorless and has a sweet odor. When it makes contact with air, benzene quickly turns into a gaseous state and evaporates. Benzene does occur naturally in the environment, but as the American Cancer Society points out, most exposure is due to its use in products. Benzene use and exposure is currently regulated by three federal agencies: Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Exposure and Effects of Benzene

Benzene enters the human body in two ways—through absorption into the skin and by breathing in its fumes. Inhalation of benzene fumes is the most common source of exposure. Laboratory evidence strongly suggests that there is a link between benzene and certain cancers, including:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Multiple Myeloma

In addition, benzene exposure has been linked to anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is found almost exclusively in individuals who have been exposed to asbestos in the past. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has many valuable uses, but exposure to it can be fatal. Asbestos has been used since the late 1800s for a variety of purposes. It was not until the middle of last century that the dangers of asbestos exposure received widespread attention.

Unfortunately, many people may not even be aware that they were exposed to asbestos.  It is only many years, even decades after first exposure, that a person will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. According to The Mesothelioma Center, 2,000 – 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in this country. Up to 90% of mesothelioma cases affect the surrounding tissues of the lungs, 30% the lining of the heart, and 1% the lining of the testicles. Approximately 2,500 persons die from mesothelioma each year.

Uses of Asbestos

Asbestos has been widely used in the insulation of buildings and in paints. Accordingly, many older buildings still contain this hazardous material. Asbestos has been used in pipe insulation, fireproofing materials for buildings and ships and in vehicle brake linings. Congress passed the Clean Air Act of 1970, which classified asbestos as a hazardous air pollutant. Since then, there have been several attempts by the federal and numerous state governments to ban the use of asbestos in buildings and products. Asbestos is still approved for use in a limited number of products, such as brake linings.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the Mesothelioma Attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen, LLP. Our law firm specializes in representing injured workers and consumers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Call us today for a free case evaluation to find out if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.  We never collect a fee, unless a recovery is made.

Lead Poisoning

Lead is a naturally occurring element, and has many beneficial uses. Due to its toxic effects on humans and animals, lead has been removed from many products where it was an additive, such as gasoline and paint.

Until the 1970s, lead was an additive to paints used in the home. Leaded paint can still be found in many older homes.  The lead paint often chips and falls to the ground. Particles of the lead paint can even become airborne. Lead paint can enter the body through the skin, lungs, and mouth. Small children are particularly at risk because they may eat paint chips that they pick up off the ground or scrape from the walls.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency the dangers of lead paint exposure are especially significant for children because their brains are more sensitive to the damage. when Lead ingested by children can cause the following: behavioral problems, learning difficulties, slowed growth, anemia, hearing loss, seizures and death.  Adults are susceptible to the ill effects of lead paint poisoning, which can cause: cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and damage to the kidneys.  Pregnant women who are exposed to lead paint, may experience a premature birth or underdeveloped fetus.

Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is a very common problem in this country today despite rigorous standards established by federal agencies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year one in six people in the country suffer the ill effects of contaminated food and beverages. Over 250 different diseases and bacterium have been identified in contaminated foods, with each causing a different set of symptoms. Food poisoning symptoms can include: minor irritation of the bowel, nausea, severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, coma and death.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas. Carbon monoxide is produced through the use of: cars, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges and heating systems.  Carbon monoxide is ingested through the lungs. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 400 individuals die each year from carbon monoxide exposure, with another 20,000 treated in emergency rooms. Common symptoms of exposure are headache, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, and vomiting. High levels of carbon monoxide ingestion can result in death.