New York City and a Chemical Exposure Accident

A New York City chemical exposure accident and claims have been on the rise for years. Typically these cases are filed  for situations involving exposure the following:

  • mesothelioma
  • benzene
  • mercury
  • asbestos
  • carbon monoxide
  • lead
  • beryllium
  • sodium dioxide
  • creosote
  • methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)

There are both intentional and unintentional sources of toxic chemical exposure in New York City, and there are certain products such as industrial solvents and pesticides that are widely recognized for containing dangerous chemicals. For all of those there are just as many equally toxic products that have never been reported as such. It goes without saying that if you live near a chemical plant or refinery, or if you work in or around these facilities, you are at a greater risk of harmful, toxic chemical exposure.

The lawyers at Greenberg & Stein relish the job, of determining whether or not you can recover damages for the injuries and illness you have suffered as a result of any exposure. Our New York City premises liability lawyers can help you determine what type of chemical exposure case to pursue, and as always, we will remain by your side every step of the way.

Chemical Exposure Accident Poisoning

Chemical exposure poisoning happens when the body is exposed to potentially harmful chemicals in an amount that causes symptoms, disease and/or damage to cells, organs and/or body systems. Chemical exposure poisoning is common and is actually the second leading cause of personal injury and death in the U.S., according to the National Capitol poison Center.

Chemicals that can cause you chemical poisoning include toxins and toxicants. The chemicals that are produced by living organisms are called toxins. Hazardous toxins and chemicals include PCBs, mercury, and Mycotoxins. There are even Toxic chemicals people can be exposed to that are released by bacteria and oxygenic fungi, especially from the spores of Stachybotrys or on mold fragments.

Toxins and toxicants that cause chemical poisoning come in different forms, including gas, liquids, or solids, and are taken into the body in different ways such as:

  • inhaling
  • ingesting
  • direct contact exposure

Toxins and toxicants affect the body in different ways. Contrary to what people think, toxic personal injury from chemical exposure doesn’t just happen in the workplace or to only construction workers. Everyday substances can cause it, from all kinds of products used at home or in an office. Hazardous chemical substances can be accidentally released into our breathing air, water, or ground causing serious health risk.

Toxic Chemical Exposure Accident Symptoms

Symptoms and complications vary widely depending on the specific chemical, its form, and the amount of exposure to the chemical.

Exposure to toxic chemicals or substances can bring about life-threatening injuries and illnesses such as kidney damage, brain damage, nerve damage and cancer.

Symptoms can vary from mild to severe, depending on the chemical involved. Here is a partial list of some symptoms of toxic chemical exposure:

MILD

  • Abdominal pain/ Headache
  • Drowsiness/ Dizziness
  • Nausea/ Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Irritability/ Restlessness
  • Drooling/ Thirst
  • Fearfulness
  • Chest tightness
  • Sudden behavior changes
  • Eye irritation Oral and skin irritation
  • Respiratory irritation – mild poisoning

MODERATE:

  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe nausea
  • Excessive swearing
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Tremors /Twitching muscles
  • In coordination /Severe weakness
  • Mental confusion
  • Blurred vision – moderate poisoning

SEVERE:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Cough
  • Rapid pulse Rapid breathing
  • Flushed skin Yellow skin
  • Watery eyes
  • High Fever
  • Extreme thirst
  • Muscle twitching
  • Narrowed pupils
  • Convulsions and Unconsciousness

Greenberg & Stein Lawyers For a Chemical Exposure Accident

If you suspect an ailment from a poisonous or toxic chemical exposure you must call to speak to a New York toxic tort, personal injury attorney immediately.

If you have been exposed to a toxic chemical at work, you may have grounds to file a toxic tort claim. Before you take action, however, you should know that these cases can be extremely difficult to litigate without the help of an experienced legal professional such as a New York City personal injury lawyer from our office.

Some of the common types of chemical exposures that our team handles include the following:

  • Silica exposure
  • Benzene exposure
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Fraudulent claims about the safety of a product
  • Faulty storage for chemicals and other dangerous products
  • Inadequate protection for dangers at the workplace
  • Incorrect information about dangerous products / chemicals

Contact Greenberg & Stein, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation where you can discuss your rights and how you can recover the financial compensation you need and deserve.