Toxic Torts / Chemical Injuries
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The attorneys of Yarborough Applegate have successfully litigated chemical injury and toxic tort cases, locally in Charleston, South Carolina and in many other states, including North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and California.
Collectively, we have achieved significant recoveries on behalf of people hurt or killed by exposure to environmental toxins, such as asbestos, manganese, chlorine gas, ammonia and more. Our experienced team of toxic tort and chemical injury attorneys partner with the necessary experts to investigate your case, prove your case and pursue all available solutions to help solve your problem.
How Common Chemicals Can Cause Harm
Due to environmental pollution, exposure at work, industrial accidents or other causes, chemicals end up in our food and drink, the soil and water around us, even in the air we breathe. Some of these chemicals can cause lung disease or serious brain damage if victims are exposed to large quantities or exposed regularly.
Common toxic chemicals include:
- Asbestos: a natural fiber that has been used in thousands of commercial and consumer products. Most people with malignant Mesothelioma worked on jobs where they breathed asbestos. Others were exposed to asbestos in a household environment, often without knowing it. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos, once regarded as a miracle mineral, was popular due to its lightweight but tough characteristics as well as for its heat-resistant properties. This naturally occurring mineral was used in many commercial and consumer products, from construction materials such as cement, roofing shingles and insulation, to consumer and industrial applications such as hair dryers, automobile brake pads and pipe insulation. Importantly, Mesothelioma symptoms may not appear for 20 to 30 years after exposure to the asbestos fibers.
- Carbon monoxide: a chemical found in smoke, car exhaust and the exhaust of other machines. People are commonly exposed to carbon monoxide from generators, furnaces or cars in a room without enough ventilation; some are exposed when trapped inside a burning building. Survivors of carbon monoxide poisoning may have depression, dementia, trouble with motor skills, speech disturbances, loss of short-term memory and Parkinson's disease-like symptoms. These are in addition to non-neurological symptoms.
- Lead: mimics minerals that the body needs to function; the effect is lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is most common in children young enough to put inappropriate things in their mouths, who live in buildings with lead paint. It may also affect people exposed to leaded gasoline and those who are exposed through work or living near a factory. Lead poisoning reduces IQ and causes learning disabilities, insomnia, lethargy or hyperactivity, irritability, seizures and coma. It also affects the digestive system, the kidneys and reproductive organs.
- Pesticides: poisons meant to kill household and agricultural pests. Farm workers are at especially high risk for chronic pesticide exposure. Though aimed at insects, some pesticides (organophosphates) are close relatives of nerve agents, neurotoxins used by the military and by terrorists. Recent research has linked pesticide exposure to Parkinson's Disease and hyperactivity, as well as muscle and respiratory weakness, blurred vision, memory problems/confusion, and at high enough levels, organ failure.
- Solvents: chemical solutions with a variety of purposes Ammonia, benzene, dry cleaning chemicals, and band detergents are all solvents. Used in industrial processes, solvents don't break down easily and thus can contaminate the environment for decades after they're released. Though many are useful to humans, they can be highly hazardous, causing loss of consciousness, headaches, confusion, dementia, balance problems, loss of vision, memory problems and attention deficit.
An Experienced Toxic Tort & Chemical Injury Law Firm Dedicted To You
If you or someone you love has been injured by toxic substances, you already know how much damage they can do: headaches, pain, fatigue and more. Exposure to toxic substances could cause you or a loved one to lose a job, quality of life, your home or a life. The asbestos, toxic tort and chemical injury law firm of Yarborough Applegate has the experience and resources to navigate the complexities of these cases and fight relentlessly on your behalf.
Allow our Charleston toxic tort and chemical injury attorneys to do what we have done for so many other clients - hold wrongdoers accountable for your injury or loss and fight for your rights. For a free consultation, call us today at 843-972-0150 or complete our consultation form.