Houston Toxic Exposure Attorneys
Understanding the Real Risk of Toxic Exposure
It is not surprising to learn that toxic chemicals pose a serious threat to a person's health and wellbeing. What is surprising is to find out that toxic exposure is not always noticeable. Toxic exposure can come from a variety of different sources, and can cause significant harm if extreme caution is not taken. Many people work in fields that put them at risk for serious toxic exposure, all the while thinking that they are safe.
Workers aren't the only ones at risk. Toxic exposure can even come in the form of children’s toys and other products. Recently, there has been a growing concern over products coated in lead-based paint. It is now estimated that at least 250,000 children under the age of five have blood lead levels higher than the safe amount. Even with treatment, the effects of lead exposure are difficult to undo, leading to chronic issues.
If you may have been exposed to dangerous toxic substances, talk to our Houston toxic exposure lawyers.
Ways Toxic Chemicals Can Affect You
There are three major categories of toxic substances: chemical, biological and physical.
- Chemical toxicity includes the inhalation of substances such as lead, gasoline, and asbestos.
- Biological toxicity refers to certain types of bacteria and viruses.
- Physical toxins include those that are typically visible such as dust and fibers.
These various types of toxins are measured by the effect they have on an individual. A person can become exposed to harmful toxins by ingesting them, absorbing them through the skin, and inhalation. Exposure to various chemicals can cause illnesses such as organ failure and cancer which require serious and immediate medical treatment. Many such chemicals don't have a taste or odor—only symptoms caused by exposure.
Who Can Be Held Responsible?
Employers and manufacturers are responsible for protecting the safety of employees and consumers by taking the necessary measures to remediate the presence of toxic chemicals in the workplace and on the market. If steps are not taken, drastic consequences may result.
Some of the most common types of toxic chemical exposure and their effects:
- Benzene Exposure – Over long periods of time, may cause harmful effects on blood
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – May cause headaches, nausea, and eventually death
- Welding Fumes Exposure – May cause neurological and neurobehavioral health effects
If you have been exposed to dangerous levels of toxins at the fault of your employer or harmed by a toxically manufactured product, our Houston toxic exposure attorneys can help you pursue compensation for your past and future medical care and property remediation, if necessary.
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