A hazardous leak and spill can result in serious health problems for people who have been exposed to toxic chemicals. These leaks and spills may involve flammable, toxic, and corrosive chemicals. Some of these chemicals can have carcinogenic properties that result in health issues years in the future. If you have been exposed to a hazardous leak or spill, contact a personal injury attorney at the Wieand Law Firm to seek compensation for your injuries.
Acute vs. Toxic Toxicity
Some hazardous substances produce toxicity in humans after a single exposure. The federal government has designated hundreds of substances as “extremely hazardous substances” based on their acute toxicity after a single exposure. If accidentally released, these substances trigger reporting requirements to state, local and federal authorities.
Other hazardous leaks and spills produce toxic effects after a prolonged exposure. These substances have what is referred to as chronic toxicity.
Highly Toxic Chemicals Include:
- Chlorine and chloring gas
- Organic Halides
- Vinyl Acetate
Health Impacts of Hazardous Substances
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous leaks and spills can cause severe health effects, including:
- Birth Defects
- Physical deformities,
- Kidney Failure
- Reproductive impairment
- Genetic mutations
- Behavioral abnormalities
- Respiratory Failure
Federal laws entitle workers to a safe workplace. Your employer is required to keep the workplace free of health and safety hazard, including safety from toxic chemicals. However, sometimes companies fail to keep employees safe from toxic chemical exposure. Contact a hazardous spills and leaks lawyer from the Wieand Law Firm to have your workplace exposure case evaluated.
Contact a Hazardous Leaks and Spills Lawyer Today
If you have been exposed to a hazardous chemical that caused you harm, you may be able to sue for damages for your injuries or illness. Toxic exposure to chemicals can have devastating health effects and leave victims with expensive medical bills. The personal injury lawyers at the Wieand Law Firm can seek compensation for your injuries. Call 215-666-777 or send us a message via the online form for a free consultation.