There is a saying that goes "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." This is not the case in regard to toxic exposure. Every day, individuals are exposed to toxic chemicals and substances in their homes, at work, and out in public.
Today, cleaning products, cosmetics, and even food is still tainted with toxic substances that pose dangerous risks to consumers. Manufacturers, distributers, and retailers have the power to ensure that the products they create and sell are safe to be used and consumed by the public, yet many fail in this important responsibility. Every day, consumers are injured as products of all kinds are recalled in the United States due to toxic substance hazards and violations.
Employers in the United States are required to keep their workers safe from toxic substances on the job. Despite the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) setting strict rules and regulations regarding exposure at work, many employers fail to protect their employees from toxic hazards, such as asbestos, beryllium, and silica.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to address the manufacturing, processing, distribution, use, and disposal of commercial and industrial chemicals. While policies regarding toxic hazards are constantly created and amended as new information is obtained, people all over the country are affected by companies and individuals that do not follow them.
Illnesses Related to Toxic Substances
This type of toxic exposure can lead to serious health conditions that affect you and your family. Some illnesses appear immediately after exposure, while others can take years or decades to evolve into a fatal disease. If you have not already been diagnosed, you could be developing a condition directly caused by exposure to toxic substances like beryllium, coal, and silica, without even knowing it.
Health conditions associated with toxic chemicals and substances include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Heart disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson's disease
- Thyroid disease
- Many others
Many illnesses and diseases related to toxic substances are often mistaken by doctors for other, less severe conditions. If you know you have been exposed to a toxic substance, alert your doctor so they can monitor your health accurately.
Contacting an Attorney After Diagnosis
Exposure to a toxic substance is likely to happen while on the job, at home, or from pharmaceutical drugs and consumer products. No matter how you have been exposed, filing a lawsuit is the best way to hold those responsible for your condition accountable for their actions.
Here at Brayton Purcell LLP, we have helped individuals secure compensation for medical bills, time lost at work, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to speak with an experienced California lawyer about your exposure and illness related to toxic substances. You may call us at 800-598-0314.