One of the risks many Americans deal with on a constant basis is exposure to toxic material. These dangerous chemicals and metals can cause lifelong diseases that will result in substantial medical debt for you and your family. Although workers can claim workers’ compensation for a work-related illness, what can you do if you were exposed at home? Who can be held responsible for your disease?
For decades, the Philadelphia toxic exposure lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been helping clients throughout Pennsylvania with their toxic tort claims. We understand the complexities these types of lawsuits have and work together as a team to get you the best possible result for your claim. With our team of medical experts, we’ll make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your injury.
Examples of Common Toxins
Being exposed day in and day out to toxic materials and chemicals can cause serious, life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, mesothelioma, lung disease, and aplastic anemia. Although industrial workers are more likely to be exposed to dangerous chemicals, toxic exposure can happen to residents and consumers through the daily use of consumer products or living in hazardous conditions.
The most common examples of toxins include:
- Asbestos – Found in older buildings and homes, the silica particles in asbestos can cause scar tissue to develop in your lungs, leading to either lung cancer or mesothelioma.
- Water and Soil Contamination – Contamination can occur in several ways, like leaking septic systems, improper disposal of household chemicals, landfills, and agricultural runoff.
- Pesticides – Although pesticides may be useful in killing pests, humans can experience serious side effects such as respiratory infections, skin irritations, and extreme weakness.
- Metal Poisoning – Exposure to such metals as lead, mercury, and manganese can result in organ damage, heart problems, seizures, and internal bleeding.
- Toxic Mold – Usually found in damp or water-damaged buildings, black mold can cause significant illnesses such as obstructive lung disease and acute idiopathic hemorrhage in infants.