What to Do if You've Been Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

What to Do if You've Been Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 22-Jan-2018

Why You Should Take Legal Action When Exposed to Harmful Substances

At best, exposure to a toxic substance can create temporary illness and physical discomfort. At worst, it can cost you your life. Even if your life is not necessarily on the line, you may still suffer physically and emotionally, be forced out of work for a time, and end up with a stack of medical bills. Because of the potential for serious personal harm in any instance of chemical exposure, it is imperative that you know how to act when another person’s negligence causes you to come into contact with a harmful chemical or material.

Signs You May Have Come into Contact with Dangerous Chemicals

There are a number of ways you can come into contact with poisonous chemicals, and all of them have the potential to create lasting physical and mental impairment, and even death. It can happen in virtually any context, including the workplace, your personal residence, restaurants, and more. You can also experience adverse side effects when taking prescription pharmaceutical drugs or when using consumer products that have not been adequately tested and approved. In your home, you can also come in contact with dangerous natural substances such as mold, mildew, and mercury and suffer painful consequences.

Regardless of the source, contact with hazardous substances can produce an assortment of symptoms. If you have worked in close proximity to asbestos, benzene, mercury, lead, paints, acids, or other potentially dangerous chemicals, you may experience any number of symptoms. These are typically similar to those you may experience after breathing in mold, using unsafe household chemicals, or inhaling lead particles from indoor paint.

Poisonous materials often produce symptoms similar to those of other illnesses. As a result, many people inaccurately self-diagnose and continue to be harmed by hazardous substances, multiplying suffering in the long run. However, quickly identifying the root of toxic exposure can prevent further mental, physical, and personal damage.

Talk to your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • More or less frequent urination
  • Anemia
  • Lethargy and weakness
  • Coughing and other respiratory irritation
  • Chest tightness
  • Psychological changes in mood, personality, behavior
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Irritated or itchy skin (unusual occurrence of rashes, changes in color, swelling in certain places)

Let Our Experienced Class Action Attorneys Handle Your Toxic Tort Case in Philadelphia

Most instances of chemical exposure, especially those that result in severe bodily harm and death, are preventable. They often occur because another party (such as an employer, pharmaceutical drug manufacturer, construction company, etc.) was careless, negligent, or deceitful and failed to ensure proper safety standards. When this failure hurts more than one person, similarly affected consumers, employees, and other groups can rally together to hold the responsible parties accountable for the results of their mistakes.

Golomb & Honik, P.C. exists to provide justice for you and offer means of recourse to average consumers who are harmed by corporations, manufacturers, and other groups with more money and power. Our Philadelphia consumer class action lawyers know your recovery depends in large part on recovering compensation for damages, and we are committed to doing everything we can to make it happen. We can also help you determine whether there are already similar complaints against the parties responsible for your toxic chemical exposure and related ailments, in order to allow you to participate in any class actions and recover compensation for damages.

No matter the circumstances of your exposure to a toxic substance, our team at Golomb & Honik, P.C. is prepared to evaluate your case. Take advantage of our complimentary consultations by sending us an email, or call us at (215) 278-4449 today.

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