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Chemical exposures can leave a victim with devastating injuries. Even after your initial medical treatment, you could have ongoing medical conditions that affect your life for years to come. Some of the conditions can be permanent. Burn injuries can have a huge impact on your life, and you are entitled to compensation for the losses you suffer.
Negligent individuals and companies must be held accountable for the injuries they cause. Doing so helps keep products and work environments safer for everyone in California.
Our firm’s experienced chemical exposure injury attorneys are here to answer all your questions.
Learn more about the most common types of chemical exposures, the types of injuries you are likely to suffer after chemical exposure, and how our skilled legal team can protect your legal right to compensation.
Common Sources of Chemical Exposure
A “toxic tort” is a type of legal claim that you may be able to pursue after exposure to a harmful substance. We are all exposed to many substances in our everyday lives. Many of these are innocuous. Some substances (like car exhaust) are harmful in large doses but only mildly irritating when we encounter them occasionally.
Toxic tort cases usually arise when you suffer exposure to a potentially harmful substance. In some cases, you might not even be aware that you were exposed to the substance at all. This fact is why it is important to investigate anytime you have unexplained injuries, illnesses, or irritation. Here are some of the most common sources of chemical exposure:
Your Local Environment
Every day, we breathe air and drink water that we trust is clean. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Various parties can contaminate our local environments with:
- Gases (included fumes and exhaust)
- Nuclear waste
When these substances are in the environment, they can enter our bodies through the air and groundwater. Companies that pollute the environment with chemicals must be held accountable for the injuries they cause. Otherwise, innocent victims will continue to suffer from toxic chemical exposure.
Our client was a factory worker who suffered a head injury from an industrial machine. The case revolved around many defenses put up by the opposing parties, but ultimately, justice prevailed and our client received the maximum policy limits recovery available.– Benny Khorsandi
Chemical exposure can also occur in the workplace. Chemical injuries are especially common in jobs such as manufacturing and construction, in which exposure to substances is part of the daily job. Industrial chemicals and substances can cause permanent injuries. Workers can also suffer exposure through burns, explosions, and other accidents that release chemical toxins into the surrounding area.
Some older workplaces might even have asbestos in the walls. All of these incidents can give rise to a toxic tort claim. Employees who suffer injuries on the job (or are exposed to toxic chemicals on the job) also have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim.
If you believe you might be the victim of chemical exposure in the workplace, it is important to consult with a California injury lawyer as soon as possible. An attorney can protect your rights to file a workers’ compensation claim, a toxic tort claim, or both.
We all use a significant number of consumer products every day. California residents enjoy strong consumer protection laws that require these products to be safe. Consumers may have a product liability claim when they are not, and the manufacturer can be held accountable for any injuries that occur.
Think about the many products you keep in your home. Any of the following can contain harmful chemicals:
- Shampoos and conditioners
- Soaps and lotions
- Food and beverages
- Paint and paint removers
- Chemical poisons
- Cleaning products
- Adhesives and repair products
- Other household products
Toxic tort attorneys know how to find out what is in these products and how they may harm unwitting consumers. Our legal team works with expert witnesses and chemical laboratories to analyze household goods. When harmful substances are found, our expert teams prove what these products contain and what injuries they are likely to cause.
Common Injuries In Chemical Exposure Cases
Chemical exposure can cause many different injuries to many different parts of the body. Some of these injuries are temporary and treatable, while others will cause permanent damage that can leave you unable to work – or even paralyzed. Here are some of the most common injuries that chemical exposure tends to cause:
Brain damage is among the most serious injuries a person can suffer. The brain controls the most basic functions necessary to keep you alive - such as keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing. Serious brain damage can impair these functions and threaten your life. Even if a brain injury is not life-threatening, it can still dramatically affect a person's life.
Serious brain injuries might leave you permanently unable to work. You might have difficulty speaking and communicating or moving your various body parts on command. You can also suffer personality changes or mental health issues (such as anxiety and depression) due to your brain injuries. All of these injuries can require ongoing treatment from medical and psychological experts.
The lungs are particularly susceptible to irritants and chemical injuries. If you are the victim of chemical exposure, you could develop chronic lung conditions, such as asthma or emphysema. You could also develop lung cancer or other long-term damage. Even minor irritation can be a lifelong condition. You are entitled to compensation for any lung damage you suffer - even if it is seemingly minor, like a persistent cough.
Nerve Damage and Paralysis
Chemicals can also cause nerve damage. In minor cases, the nerves might be mildly irritated, and you might experience numbness or tingling. You could also experience irritation in the associated body parts. For example: if your optic nerves are irritated, you might feel the need to constantly blink or have vision changes.
The lung nerves might trigger the need to cough. Even these relatively mild conditions entitle you to compensation. When nerve damage is more severe or is permanent, you are entitled to all the associated losses you suffer. If, for example, the nerves in your arms suffer permanent damage, you might be unable to continue your work as a pianist. You would be entitled to compensation for your lost wages as a pianist and the pain and suffering of losing music in your life.
The most serious nerve damage can result in paralysis. A paralysis victim will require a lifetime of ongoing medical care (as well as in-home healthcare and other assistance). Paralysis might prevent you from working. You will also have the emotional losses of your physical pain, the loss of your career and hobbies, and the effect your paralysis has on your friends or family.
These costs are often high. Paralysis cases are valued highly, and this is why insurance companies fight them so aggressively. You need an experienced California injury lawyer on your side for any nerve injuries - even mild ones. Arash Khorsandi’s experienced chemical exposure lawyers at Arash Law knows how to handle nerve damage and paralysis cases.
Certain chemicals are known to cause cancers. These are called "carcinogens", Carcinogens are highly dangerous, and companies that work with these substances have a duty to use extreme caution to reduce their known risks. You have probably seen warning tags about materials that are "known to the State of California to cause cancer."
This warning means that regulators have added it to an official list of dangerous materials. California takes carcinogens seriously, and victims have the legal right to compensation.
Birth Defect and Infertility
Chemicals can also cause birth defects and infertility. When these conditions are the result of chemical exposure, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced chemical exposure team at our firm knows how to work with expert witnesses, chemists, and medical professionals to prove how the chemical exposure has caused your infertility or birth defects to your child.
The most serious chemical exposures can cause death. Surviving family members (or legal heirs) have the right to sue for the wrongful death of a loved one caused by chemical exposure. Arash Khorsandi and his team of lawyers work with survivors to hold negligent companies and individuals accountable for lethal chemical exposures. It is important to provide accountability - especially when there is the risk that the same toxin could kill other innocent victims.
The Right Toxic Torts Attorneys For California Chemical Exposure Cases
If you have been the victim of chemical exposure, you need an injury attorney who has experience handling this type of toxic tort case. You don’t have to search online for “best injury lawyer near me.” The experienced chemical exposure injury attorneys at our acclaimed injury firm are near you, wherever you are in California.
Our California injury lawyers serve clients in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, Sherman Oaks, and throughout the state. Arash Khorsandi’s skilled injury attorneys at Arash Law have decades of experience. We have collected over 500 million dollars for clients all across the Golden State. Call (888) 488-1391 to schedule your free consultation. The sooner you have an experienced lawyer fighting on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.