Toxic Chemicals and Materials
Unfortunately, toxic chemicals abound and are present in a lot of products that common people use, in building materials, and sometimes even at work places. From kitchen tools, to paints, to the materials used in building our homes, these toxic substances are everywhere, and could affect almost anyone. There are certain injuries from toxic substances that may not present themselves and may not be discovered until years after exposure, while others are developed and manifest as soon as contact is made.
Injuries caused by toxic substances could be grounds for certain legal actions such as product liability and toxic torts. When a person has been injured because of exposure to toxic substances or chemicals, there may be a possible legal action under toxic tort. Toxic torts are usually in the form of class actions
Learn About Toxic Chemicals & Materials
- Asbestos: Asbestos was used in a lot of products in the past, such as fire retardants and insulations. It has been found that dust from asbestos may cause mesothelioma and asbestosis.
- Benzene: Benzene is a known carcinogen and is be released in the air and inhaled from burning coal and oil, tobacco smoke or exhaust from motor vehicles.
- Teflon: Teflon is used in automotive components, cookware and other household items. There has been doubts on the safety of Teflon, and it has been found that a certain kind of toxic chemical may be emitted from the material if it is exposed to unusually high temperatures.
- Perchlorate: Perchlorates are chemicals mainly used for fireworks and explosives. There have been reports that exposure to perchlorates for extended periods of time may affect the thyroid gland, causing thyroid-related health problems.
- Welding Rods: Welding rods emit fumes, making welders susceptible to inhalation of toxic fumes. There have been links between certain elements in welding rods and the development of certain serious and life-threatening health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
- Legal Responsibility for Toxic Exposure: Find out who may be liable for injuries or health problems caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. Cases vary, but it may either be at least one of these: manufacturer, property owner, supplier, or employer.