Chemical Exposure Attorneys in Philadelphia

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From household cleaners and industrial solvents to factory emissions and pesticides, consumers are constantly exposed to a variety of toxic chemicals each and every day. All too frequently, consumers and employees are not made aware of the risks of certain chemicals, and as a result, they develop long-term and deadly medical conditions.

Our Philadelphia toxic tort attorneys at Golomb & Honik, P.C. aggressively represent the victims of chemical exposure in individual and class action lawsuits. We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements from entities that have unlawfully or negligently exposed innocent people to hazardous chemicals. If you or someone you love has suffered health complications after being unwillingly exposed to toxic chemicals, call (215) 278-4449 to speak with a member of our team about your case.

Sources of Chemical Exposure

Chemical exposure can occur in any number of settings and be the result of a wide range of circumstances, from the intentional dumping of contaminants to inadequate safety precautions. Even chemical spills caused by trucking or freight train accidents can expose consumers to toxic chemicals that can have long-lasting health consequences.

Chemical Exposure at Work

There are some areas of the country and some occupations that are at higher risk for contamination. Those who work near refineries or chemical plants, or who work in plastic or metal manufacturing, are at greater risk to the dangers of chemical exposure. Employees who work in factories where dangerous chemicals are used, manufactured, or mined are at the highest risk for exposure. Office workers are also at risk for inhaling and coming in contact with toxic chemicals, especially if their offices are not properly ventilated. Employers who have not provided their workers with the proper safety gear for handling hazardous and toxic chemicals may be in violation of OSHA regulations and they or the suppliers of these chemicals, may be liable for any injuries or health complications that have resulted from their negligence or failure to adequately warn.

Chemical Exposure in the Environment

There are areas of the country that are at a higher risk for being exposed to toxic chemicals. Families who live near large factories or refineries are at a greater risk for toxic exposure. Careless businesses may illegally dispose of toxic chemicals in an attempt to save money. These chemicals may contaminate the soil, the water, and the wildlife in an area of town and expose thousands of innocent people to horrific side effects and health complications. Cancers, lung disease, birth defects, and miscarriages are just a few of the horrific consequences of chemical exposure.

Chemical Exposure in the Home

Pesticides, cleaning products, and pest control products are all poisonous, and can be toxic if not manufactured properly or if mislabeled. Yet even when labeled correctly, there are numerous landscaping companies, landlords, and property owners who use these chemicals improperly, leading to toxic exposure. Some homebuilders may even use toxic chemicals when building a home or a building, thus exposing all of the residents to toxic mold, lead paint, or asbestos.

Types of Toxic Chemicals

As diverse as the settings in which chemical exposure can occur are the actual toxic compounds that can lead to severe medical problems. Among the most common chemical agents associated with toxic tort cases are:

  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Creosote
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)
  • Sodium dioxide
  • Sodium trioxide

Causes of Chemical Exposure

Although federal and state laws control the availability and use of dangerous chemicals, these regulations do not always protect innocent people from the illegal or negligent release of toxic chemicals. Causes of wrongful chemical exposure include:

  • Fraudulent claims regarding the safety of a chemical compound
  • Inadequate or faulty storage of cleaners, solvents and other hazardous chemical agents
  • Inadequate safety measures regarding the dispersal of chemicals
  • Inadequate workplace protection from chemical exposure
  • Lack of information regarding the safe use of dangerous chemicals
  • Negligent processing or disposal of toxic chemicals

Golomb & Honik, P.C. has extensive and successful experience in toxic tort cases, and we have achieved notable victories for victims of beryllium exposure, sodium dioxide and sodium trioxide emissions, and lead paint poisoning.

Philadelphia Toxic Tort Lawyers

If you believe you were harmed or a family member suffered wrongful death due to chemical exposure, the Philadelphia toxic tort lawyers at Golomb & Honik, P.C. may be able to help you pursue financial compensation and justice. Please contact us to schedule your free case evaluation. We welcome prospective clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and across the United States.