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One of the hazards many Americans have to deal with is exposure to toxic chemicals. Toxic substance exposure can cause major health problems, such as chronic illnesses, impairments, and even death. When an accident occurs, who is responsible for your medical bills?

For more than 60 years, the toxic exposure lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys have been helping toxic exposure clients throughout the United States. We understand the devastating consequences exposure to toxic chemicals can have on a family and we are prepared to fight on your behalf to make sure you receive the compensation that you deserve. We are dedicated to defending the rights of our clients because we are aware of the psychological and financial toll that exposure to harmful substances can have on people and families. Our mission is to assist our clients in obtaining the damages for their injuries that they are due while also holding the guilty parties accountable.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by exposure to a harmful substance, Munley Law is here to help. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation.

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What are the Common Types of Toxic Exposure?

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Toxic chemicals may not affect you at first, but down the road, you may develop a debilitating illness, especially if you’ve been exposed to these chemicals day in and day out during the course of your job. Here are a few of the more common types of exposure that can happen:

Environmental Exposure

When people come into touch with elements in their environment that could have a negative impact on their health or the environment, this is referred to as environmental exposure. A person may be exposed to the environment in a number of ways, such as through the air, water, soil, food, or direct touch with contaminated objects.

Exposure to pollutants from industries, drinking tainted water or food, being exposed to radiation, or coming into contact with dangerous substances at work or home are a few examples of environmental exposure. Exposure to the environment can have both immediate and long-term health implications, including the development of chronic diseases, developmental problems, and even cancer.

Oftentimes, human activities like industrial or agricultural practices, inappropriate waste disposal, or the usage of chemicals in consumer items cause environmental exposure. In order to execute effective laws and practices that encourage a safe and healthy environment for everybody, minimizing environmental exposure frequently calls for cooperation between people, governments, and organizations.

Occupational Exposure

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established a set of regulations that protect employees from toxic exposure. Depending on what industry and/or what chemical you are handling, the agency has a list of regulations on how each substance should be handled during the course of your work. In addition to these regulations, all employees are required to be properly trained and have the proper protection such as respirators or clothing to have as little exposure as possible. Yet employers are always looking to cut costs. And unfortunately, worker safety is sometimes thrown to the wayside in cost-saving measures. This leads to a great chance of toxic exposure for the worker.

Examples of occupational exposure include exposure to harmful chemicals in manufacturing, asbestos exposure in the construction business, and infectious diseases exposure in the healthcare sector. Employees in the transportation, mining, and agriculture sectors may potentially be exposed at work.

Depending on the length and severity of exposure, a job can have immediate or long-term health repercussions. Acute reactions might cause acute symptoms such skin rashes, breathing difficulties, or chemical burns. Chronic diseases including cancer, lung disease, or neurological issues can have long-term repercussions.

Governments have set regulations and recommendations for workplace safety and health in order to safeguard workers from occupational exposure. Employers are responsible for providing employees with a safe working environment, personal protection equipment, and training on how to avoid being exposed to potentially dangerous situations and substances. Additionally, employees are entitled to report unsafe working conditions and file claims for compensation for any illnesses or injuries sustained on the job. If you were exposed to toxic chemicals while on the job, our workers’ compensation lawyer can help.

Consumer Product Exposure

Exposure to harmful compounds or dangerous materials found in products meant for consumer use is referred to as “consumer product exposure.” It happens when people are exposed to hazardous substances or harmful compounds when using common consumer goods like cleaning supplies, toiletries, toys, and food containers.

The following are some examples of consumer goods that could contain hazardous chemicals:

  • Substances used in cleaning goods like bleach or ammonia
  • Shampoo, soap, and lotion are examples of personal care items that contain chemicals like phthalates or parabens.
  • Food and drink packaging that contains phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Lead, cadmium, or other heavy metals in children’s items or toys

Depending on the type and length of exposure, exposure to consumer products can have either acute or chronic health impacts. Acute reactions might cause acute symptoms such skin rashes, breathing difficulties, or chemical burns. Chronic diseases like cancer, neurological issues, or developmental difficulties are examples of long-term consequences.

Governments have created restrictions and recommendations for the use of specific chemicals in products in order to safeguard consumers from exposure to harmful substances in consumer products. Consumer advocacy organizations also promote safer alternatives and improve public awareness of potentially dangerous items. In order to make educated decisions about the items you use, it’s critical for consumers to be aware of the possible risks related to particular products and to carefully study labels and product information.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for My Illness?

Depending on the particulars of the exposure, a person’s legal culpability for toxic exposure may change. Broadly speaking, the following individuals may be held vicariously liable for harmful exposure:

  • Employers: If toxic exposure happens at work, employers could be held liable. Businesses have a responsibility to give their workers a safe workplace, and they may be held responsible for any damages that occur as a result if they don’t take the necessary precautions to shield workers from harmful substances.
  • Manufacturers: Companies that produce goods with harmful ingredients may be held liable for any damage such products create. Exposure to harmful chemicals in consumer goods, such as household cleaners or personal care items, may fall under this category.
  • Owners of real estate: Owners of real estate may be held accountable for harmful exposure that takes place on their land, such as exposure to asbestos or lead paint in older structures.
  • Governmental entities: If government entities fail to appropriately regulate or remediate dangerous circumstances, they may be held accountable for harmful exposure. For instance, a local government organization could be held responsible for any damage that results from improper management of hazardous waste.
  • People: In some circumstances, people may be held accountable for hazardous exposure, such as when they purposefully expose others to harmful substances or when they neglect to take the necessary precautions to prevent exposure.

Generally speaking, the exact conditions of the exposure and the local laws will determine which parties can be held accountable for harmful exposure. To find out who might be held accountable in a particular circumstance, it is best to speak with an experienced attorney who specializes in toxic exposure cases.

Hire an Experienced Toxic Exposure Lawyer Now

It’s important when you file a toxic exposure claim that you get as much evidence as possible to have a successful outcome. Make sure you have your doctor check you out and give you a proper diagnosis. Also, make sure you get as much information as you can on the chemicals that you were exposed to.

If you were exposed to toxic and hazardous chemicals that caused you to become ill, don’t delay. Contact a toxic exposure lawyer from Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys now for a free consultation.

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