A rising problem in modern society is the exposure of employees or families to toxic substances, often resulting in health problems, congenital defects, or even death. In many cases, this toxic exposure occurs due to the negligence of other parties, making it possible for the victims to seek various forms of compensation for their injuries.
Toxic Exposure and Health Issues
Exposure to many modern household and industrial chemicals and substances can result in several health problems. Among the many common materials that can endanger families and workers alike are the following:
• Asbestos is widely known as a toxic mineral which is capable of causing a variety of incurable diseases in those who are exposed to it. Due to its wide usage during the 20th century and the fact that many asbestos related health conditions have a long latency period, many individuals are only now starting to develop asbestos related illnesses.
• Lead, including lead that is used in household paint, older toys, and water pipes. While currently banned, many older homes still have lead based paints and lead pipes. The ingestion of lead can cause brain damage and is especially dangerous for young children and infants.
• Pesticides include a wide range of chemicals, most of which are toxic to a greater or lesser degree. In some cases, the long-term use of pesticides can result in the contamination of homes or properties, leading to exposure, even if the pesticide is no longer used. Common health problems from exposure to pesticides can range from birth defects to the development of various forms of cancer.
Obtaining Compensation for Toxic Exposure and Poisoning
In many cases, the victims of toxic exposure will have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills, damages, and pain and suffering. The owners of homes and businesses have a responsibility to provide a safe living and work environment, and those who fail to take measures to remove toxic substances can be liable for their actions.
In other cases, a long-term poisoning claim, such as an individual developing symptoms related to asbestos exposure, may have other avenues to seek compensation. Even today, those who have been exposed to asbestos and other toxic materials can still obtain compensation from the companies they worked for, as well as the federal and state governments.
However, in order to effectively press a claim, it is imperative that a competent attorney who is skilled in the field of toxic exposure and poisoning claims be retained. The law in this area can be very complex, especially when it comes to determining who is liable for the injury. An effective attorney can determine the nature of the case, how best to proceed, and whether an agreeable settlement can be arrived at without the need for a lawsuit.
If you believe that you have been exposed to a toxic or poisoning substance, the law firm of Eric J. Hertz, P.C., can provide you with effective representation. For an individual consultation, contact them at www.hertz-law.com.