Toxic Exposure

Based in Tyler, attorneys at Negem & Worthington represent victims of toxic exposure throughout East Texas, including in the counties of Smith, Upshur, Gregg, and Cherokee.  A wide range of harm may stem from toxic exposure, including cancer, infections, burns, or birth defects.  The resulting claims are often complex, involving building and construction issues, technical research, and consultations with experts, scientists, and doctors, and requiring attorneys with particular expertise in this area.  To find out how we can provide assistance in your toxic exposure claim, contact our offices today for a free case review.

Personal injury claims based on toxic exposure typically involve injuries and illnesses related to living or working with any of the following:

Asbestos

In the past, asbestos was used in abundance: the fibers were mixed with cement, used in insulation and wiring, and even woven into fabric.  Unfortunately, the inhalation of these fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.  Despite its harmful effects on human health, asbestos is still not entirely banned; rather, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has placed limits on the amount and length of fibers that can be used.  If you or a loved one has sustained improper asbestos exposure, our attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve from the parties who are responsible for endangering your health.

Mold

Mold, mildew, and fungus can contaminate a building's carpet, walls, and air duct system.  Such infestation is sometimes referred to as "sick building syndrome," and is the focus of a growing number of lawsuits across the country.  While not all molds are hazardous, some contain poisonous substances that lead to adverse health effects, such as:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus congestion

Lead Paint

Although banned in the United States for use in residential and commercial buildings as a wall covering, lead-based paint still persists in the environment, particularly in poor neighborhoods.  If your landlord fails to remove or cover old lead paint in your apartment, he or she may be liable for your ailments caused by exposure to the harmful paint.  Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Anemia
  • Irritability

Pesticides

It is almost impossible to avoid all contact with harmful pesticides because they are so frequently used inside and outside of homes, offices, schools, recreation areas, and most public buildings.  Every year, more than 100 million pounds of pesticides are applied to lawns alone.  Even small amounts of some pesticides can cause eye and skin irritations, damage to the nervous, hormonal, and immune systems, cancer, and even death.  Also, some pesticides are known to cause birth defects and miscarriages, and others can decrease fertility in both men and women.


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