Toxic Chemicals & Materials
In the past, asbestos was used as insulation and a fire retardant in a wide variety of products. The dust from asbestos, however, can become deposited in the lungs and cause illnesses like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Benzene is a chemical that can be released into the air through motor vehicle exhaust, burning coal and oil, and tobacco smoke. Since it’s a known carcinogen, prolonged exposure to Benzene can greatly increase one’s chances of developing cancer.
Teflon is a non-stick, stain-resistant material commonly used in cooking, automotive, and household items. Recently, the safety of Teflon coated cookware has been called into question, especially when the products are heated to very high temperatures.
Perchlorates are a form of reactive chemicals used mainly in fireworks and explosives. Prolonged exposure to perchlorates may affect the functioning of the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism and other thyroid-related disorders.
- Welding Rods
Welders are often exposed to toxic fumes while doing their job. The fumes from metallic elements used on welding roads have been linked to the development of serious conditions like Parkinson’s disease.
- Legal Responsibility for Toxic Exposure
If you’ve developed a condition based on exposure to toxic chemicals, you may have legal recourse. Depending on the circumstances, the manufacturer, supplier, property owner, or your employer may be held liable for your injuries.