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Damage Caused by Toxic Substances

A toxic tort order is described as an injury to the body or the economic situation of a person as a result of a toxic substance due to the negligence of another person. Here you will find the common forms of toxic substances and a description of your symptoms.

  • Asbestos building material used in homes, schools, shipyards and buildings. Although no longer used, the effect of exposure to asbestos may feel as mesothelioma, a serious lung disease, and 20 to 50 years after exposure. Asbestosis is a non-cancerous disease caused by asbestos fibers that lodge in the lungs. Asbestosis can cause shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and severe heart problems.
  • Benzene: Benzene is a colorless liquid found in cigarette smoke, pesticides, medicines, detergents, paints, inks, plastics, adhesives, dyes and other industrial products. Benzene can cause leukemia and can spread into the environment through ground water, rain and snow. The most common victims are the workers producing or working with materials containing benzene.
  • Carbon monoxide: the carbon monoxide poisoning most often occurs in homes and vehicles and can be fatal. Because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, it can damage or even kill before it can be perceived. The effects of carbon monoxide vary from person to person, but generally characterized by fatigue, dizziness, and headaches and similar to flu symptoms. The health hazards associated with carbon monoxide include hypertension, headaches, confusion, loss of consciousness, myocardial ischemia, atrial fibrillation, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, hyperglycemia, acute renal failure, skin lesions, visual impairment and hearing and respiratory arrest.
  • Creosote: Creosote is most commonly used to preserve wooden sleepers and rails telephone poles, but also used in insecticides, sporicidal, fungicidal and acaricidal. Those who work in industries related to wood preservation are most at risk, but also at risk those working with asphalt, tar, rubber, coke production and steel and production of tires. Accidental ingestion of creosote can cause burning or pain in the mouth, throat or stomach. Exposure to skin can cause skin irritation, burning, confusion, seizures, kidney problems, liver problems, unconsciousness or death. Prolonged exposure can cause respiratory disease and cancer.
  • Lead poisoning: Lead poisoning can be caused by dust inhalation or consumption of lead-based paints. Those at greatest risk of lead poisoning are children 6 years old or younger, since their bodies can absorb lead at a higher rate than adults. Common sources of lead poisoning are the houses in poor condition or the newly renovated that were built before 1978. The effects of lead poisoning include nervous disorders, behavioral problems, brain injuries, learning problems, and slowed growth, hearing loss, seizures, convulsions, coma and death.

These are just some of the many substances that can cause serious injury or death. If you or someone you know have been exposed to chemicals or harmful substances, it is essential to seek the advice of a qualified electrician to make sure you get adequate compensation for their injuries lawyer.

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