Exposure to Toxic Fumes, Substances and Chemicals
Toxic chemical exposure, whether in schools, laboratories, homes or workplaces, poses a serious threat to human health and well-being. People can be exposed to toxic chemicals via multiple pathways¬, but typically poisoning occurs from inhaling a substance from the air or ingesting food or water from a supply that has been contaminated—for example, by slowly leaking chemicals or by a large tanker spill. The list of potentially inhaled or ingested contaminants is long, but includes substances such as carbon monoxide, cyanide, formaldehyde, mercury, methamphetamine, gasoline, lead, sulfates, and chloroform.
At Altman & Altman, LLP—located in Boston and Cambridge—our attorneys are dedicated to upholding public health standards and to holding the distributors of unsafe pollutants accountable. Our experienced lawyers also understand the complexities of toxic chemical exposure litigation and how to best achieve compensation for our personal injury clients.
Exposure to toxic chemicals can result in a variety of symptoms and illnesses. Children are particularly vulnerable to suffering the serious effects of chemical exposure. Short-term effects of exposure to carcinogens and other contaminants include dizziness, nausea and vomiting, headaches, difficulty breathing, muscle spasms, skin rashes, abdominal pains, and loss of consciousness. Serious long-term effects include cancer, organ system damage, potential reproductive issues, and even death. Given this host of damaging effects, it is important that individuals, employers, communities and local governments take steps to reduce the risk of human exposure to toxic chemicals.
Risk of exposure to toxic chemicals can be reduced by following certain safety precautions in the home, laboratory, and workplace. Such measures include properly labeling and storing containers of toxic chemicals, safely disposing of hazardous waste, reading the safety information on products you purchase, and keeping a carbon monoxide detector in your home. However, despite undertaking extreme safety precautions, total safety is often out of your control, making chemical poisoning—and the plethora of symptoms and other distressing illnesses that result—ultimately inevitable.
If you or a loved one has fallen ill due to toxic chemical exposure, you should first seek immediate medical care. Next, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced Massachusetts toxic chemical exposure attorney at Altman & Altman, LLP to seek appropriate compensation, including medical expenses and lost wages. If a loved one has died from exposure to toxic chemicals, you may also be eligible to file a MA wrongful death claim. The Greater Boston law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP has provided personal injury clients with exceptional legal representation throughout Massachusetts for over four decades. Our attorneys will handle every aspect of your chemical exposure claim, and will not hesitate to take your case to trial if an acceptable settlement agreement cannot be reached.
Contact us to schedule a free, confidential consultation with an experienced tainted meat and MA food poisoning attorney. The lawyers at the Boston and Cambridge law firm of Altman & Altman, LLP, pride themselves in their accessibility to clients. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 617.492.3000 or 800.481.6199 (toll-free). You may also contact us online. Please note that we represent all victims of food poisoning on a contingency fee basis, which means that we charge no fee unless you recover.