Environmental Exposure

Often times environmental exposures occur on the job in a variety of industries, including in agriculture, manufacturing and petrochemical professions. For those who are exposed to toxins in the workplace, the health effects can be devastating, even if exposure resulted from an acute, one-time release of a toxin.

Unfortunately, many diseases that are related to chemical exposure may be misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed for years, leaving victims unaware of the connection between their illness and the chemical or toxic exposure. Any of the following diagnoses should be investigated for a possible toxic exposure claim.

  • Mesothelioma – resulting from exposure to asbestos
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) or Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) – a result of benzene or formaldehyde exposure
  • Berylliosis or Chronic Beryllium Disease – caused by exposure to products containing beryllium
  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans (“Popcorn Lung”) – caused by exposure to Diacetyl, or chemicals associated with Diacetyl, including alpha-diketone, 2,3-butanedione, or Chemical Abstracts Service Number 431-0308. The dreadful disease can also be caused by exposure to fiberglass and/or styrene during the manufacturing process
  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) – caused by exposure to Glyphosate (the active ingredient in the Roundup Herbicide)
  • Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (“Black Lung”) – caused by exposure to coal dust
  • Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP) – general category of interstitial lung diseases caused by an immune response to an inhaled substance, including diacetyl, mold, dust and wood
  • Kidney Cancer – caused by exposure to Trichloroethylene or TCE
  • Lead – high levels of lead exposure can cause a number of serious, permanent injuries, particularly in children, who can suffer irreversible brain damage
  • Severe Lung Disease – Severe lung disease may be the result of a chronic, long-term exposure to chemicals or other toxins, including dusts, fibers, metals, chemicals, vapors, food flavoring additives and other tiny particles in the workplace. Occupational lung disease also may result due to the failure of critical safety devices meant to protect workers and can result in death or require a lung transplant.

Glyphosate / Roundup

Our firm is actively investigating cases where landscapers, farmers, groundskeepers and commercial gardeners used commercial grade Roundup and developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). The generic name for this broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant is glyphosate. It is an organophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate, used to kill weeds that compete with crops.

In 2007, glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States’ agricultural sector and the second-most used in home and garden, government and industry, and commerce. By 2016 a 100-fold increase in the frequency of applications and volumes of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) occurred, partly in response to the unprecedented global emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds. Plaintiffs across the country have filed lawsuits after having been diagnosed with NHL after using Monsanto’s herbicide.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is widely used in a number of industries and products, yet many people remain unaware of the toxic danger of this chemical substance.

Exposure to products containing benzene, whether through inhalation or skin absorption, can cause life-threatening diseases including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic Anemia. Some of these diseases do not manifest themselves until several years after exposure to benzene.

Also, many people who are diagnosed with AML or MDS may not realize there can be a connection to past toxic exposure, particularly to benzene. If a person has been diagnosed with one of these cancers or another severe injury, and has a past history of chronic benzene exposure, they may have a claim. For more information about benzene exposure and possible cancer risks, visit our Benzene page.

Industries where people may be exposed to toxins including benzene, diacetyl, asbestos or other hazardous chemicals include:

  • Railroad workers
  • Petrochemical Industry, Refineries
  • Rubber manufacturing
  • Painting
  • Automotive
  • Shipbuilding

One-time Release Toxic Chemicals

Severe lung injuries may result from a single exposure to a toxic substance. Sometimes, accidents or product defects may result in a one-time or short-term exposure to a very high concentration of chemicals or toxic substances that can cause severe, often irreversible injuries. These injuries may include death or permanent diminishment or loss of eyesight, lung function, taste, smell or mobility. Chemicals most often associated with this category of injury are:

  • Chlorine and chlorine gas
  • Ammonia
  • Acrylonitrile
  • Formaldehyde
  • Vinyl Acetate
  • Petroleum Hydrocarbons in the oil field industry
  • High concentrate acids

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