What Kind of Injuries Occur From Toxic Exposure?

Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Jeffrey S. Antin with Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP.

What Kind of Injuries Occur From Toxic Exposure?
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Toxic exposure occurs when one or more parties suffer a negative impact, injury, or health condition due to exposure to a dangerous chemical or substance, be it man-made or natural. Exposure to lead, asbestos, talc, and even dangerous pharmaceuticals can result in a myriad of injuries. Unfortunately, the injuries associated with toxic exposure can be serious and in some cases fatal. When toxic exposure occurs due to the negligence of one or more parties, it may be possible to pursue compensation for the resulting damages via a toxic exposure injury claim.

Some of the injuries that can arise from toxic exposure include: 

  • Chemical burns
  • Skin rashes and skin damage
  • Eye damage
  • Throat and lung injuries
  • Organ damage
  • Cancer
  • Brain injuries 
  • Neurological damage

Medical bills for toxic exposure injuries are often ongoing.

Toxic exposure injuries are unique from other injuries in that they often result in ongoing conditions. While a broken leg may require treatment during the recovery process, but heal within a series of months, toxic exposure can result in damaging conditions that require ongoing treatment, and which may never fully heal. 

For example, cancers that can develop from toxic exposure may or may not eventually go into remission with treatment, but will never fully go away. This means that medical treatment for a toxic exposure injury is rarely a one-time thing, and this should be taken into account when compiling the damages that need to be compensated in a personal injury lawsuit.

Identifying the liable party in a toxic exposure claim can be tricky.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to identify the source of the toxin in these cases, much less to figure out if the exposure occurred due to negligence that can be proven in a civil injury claim. For example, the health conditions that can arise from asbestos exposure may take decades to become symptomatic, providing tens of years in which evidence can easily be lost. Additionally, it can be difficult to prove that the injury or health condition is related to the specific exposure caused by one party or event. This is why it’s important to seek out a personal injury attorney with specific experience handling toxic exposure claims. 

Toxic exposure can occur in a variety of scenarios.

Toxic exposure can occur at home, at work, and even as a result of using specific products. While construction and industrial workers may be more likely to experience toxic exposure at work due to the respective demolition debris and chemicals involved in these occupations, anyone can experience toxic exposure. However, when exposure occurs at work due to a lack of protective equipment or proper safety protocol, the employer may be considered negligent and could be liable for resulting damages. If the exposure occurred at home, it is more likely that a product manufacturer or even construction company is liable, depending on the product and construction materials used.

To learn more about toxic exposure injuries, or for help filing a claim, reach out to an experienced toxic exposure attorney in your area.

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