Hazardous exposure occurs when a person is exposed to toxic conditions. Hazardous materials can be chemical, physical, mechanical, or biological in nature.
Most hazardous exposure cases involve exposure to a chemical agent. These agents can be found in ground water, drinking water, or in the air as a result of a chemical spill, emissions from refineries, power plants, and fires. Toxins can also be found in old houses in the form of mold, or in vitamins, drugs, and other substances that humans often ingest.
One of the most common forms of hazardous exposure comes from asbestos used in factories, office buildings, and schools. Other common forms of toxins are: benzene, lead, manganese, Teflon, vinyl chloride, and thimerosal. While this list is not all inclusive, serious injury can occur to people who have been exposed to these toxic agents.
Symptoms of hazardous exposure may show up immediately, or lay dormant for many years before appearing. In some cases the injury may be brought on by another illness such as pneumonia, bronchitis, or the flu.
You can take steps to protect yourself from some forms of hazardous exposure by buying home air purifiers and avoiding outdoor exercise when pollutant levels are high. However, it is almost impossible to protect yourself from toxins through chemicals found in factories, pesticides, and hazardous work environments.
If you believe you’ve been exposed to a hazardous substance, fill out the form on this site to receive a free evaluation from a personal injury attorney.