Illinois residents are may be exposed to toxic chemicals in the home, at work or in other places where they may not even realize that they are absorbing or inhaling a dangerous and potentially deadly substance. Toxic chemical exposure can cause immediate effects, such as allergies, rashes, headaches, dizziness, nausea or difficulty breathing and swallowing. Often, the effects develop more gradually and result in diseases, liver failure or cancer. In a number of cases, exposure to toxic chemicals has been caused by the negligent or reckless conduct of an individual or company.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by toxic chemical exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. The Illinois toxic chemical exposure lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. have the experience and expertise to handle your case and secure the maximum monetary reward you deserve. We have obtained more than $620 million on behalf of our accident and injury clients, including 198 multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements.
Contact our Illinois toxic chemical exposure attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation by calling 312-361-1823 or by using our online form.
Types and Sources of Toxic Chemical Exposure
Some of the most commonly found toxic chemicals are:
- Asbestos: These cancer-causing dust particles can be found in a wide variety of workplace settings because asbestos was once a common construction and insulation material. The signs of mesothelioma can take years or decades to develop.
- Benzene: A toxic vapor typically introduced through paints, benzene may cause leukemia. Headaches, nausea and rashes are some of the first indicators of exposure.
- Mercury: This poisonous chemical may be absorbed or inhaled and can produce permanent damage to the nervous system. Loss of muscle control and coordination are early signs of mercury poisoning. Toxic chemicals can be present in many different forms, including liquids and gases. It has been estimated that, since 1950, more than 70,000 new chemical compounds have been created and released into the environment. These hazardous chemicals may be found in a number of places:
- At home: Cleaning products, personal care products and lead paints are common sources of dangerous toxins in the home. The Consumer Protection Agency has reported that as many as 150 chemicals may be linked to birth defects, cancer and mental disorders.
- At work: Workers may encounter toxic dust, vapors or liquids at their place of business frequently at factories or industrial plants. Sometimes, chemicals are released when an object changes form, such as dust particles which are emitted from sawn wood or vapors that come from burning certain materials. Even working in an office can be dangerous if asbestos is present or toxic molds are in a buildings heating and cooling systems.
- Outdoors: Many watersheds, rivers, streams, lakes and ponds have become contaminated as the result of accidental spills, illegal dumping or hazardous waste disposal. Factories may also emit dangerous chemicals into nearby residential areas.
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If you or a loved one has suffered toxic chemical exposure as the result of anothers negligent or reckless conduct, the Illinois toxic chemical exposure lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. can help. We have offices in Chicago and Waukegan, and we represent clients throughout Illinois. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today at 312-361-1823 or use our online form.