Hazardous Materials that Cause Ailments
The Robichaux Law Firm L.L.C. in New Orleans, LA has been involved in numerous areas of toxic tort litigation including asbestos and benzene. There are various types of other hazardous materials that cause ailments due to prolonged exposure. Some of the most common hazardous materials are mentioned below. Please take a look.
Continuous exposure to asbestos at work place may cause Mesothelioma which is a cancerous tumor of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the tissue made up of specialized cells called mesothelial cells which line the chest cavity, abdominal cavity, and the cavity around the heart. These cells also cover the outer surface of most internal organs.
The mesothelium produces a special lubricating fluid that allows organs to move around within the body with less friction. For example, this fluid makes it easier for the lungs to move inside the chest during breathing.
The mesothelium of the chest is known as the pleura. The mesothelium of the abdomen is called the peritoneum. The mesothelium of the pericardial cavity, which is the space around the heart, is called the pericardium.
The three kinds of treatment which are most commonly used are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. There are also new types of treatment that are being explored for use in the treatment of mesothelioma.
Benzene is a highly carcinogenic material used in the production of other materials such as detergents, pesticides, plastics, lubricants, synthetic fibers and resins. It is also widely used in various types of repair work. Leukemia is the most common ailment caused by constant exposure to benzene.
People at High Risk of Benzene Exposure are:
- Chemical Plant Workers
- Footwear Manufacturers
- Gas Truck Drivers
- Heavy Construction Workers
- Road and Railroad Workers
- Shipyard and Oil Refinery Workers
- Steel and Textile Plant Workers
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed throughout the county against manufactures and industry owners who have exposed their workers to benzene. Do not hesitate contact us if you want to know about your legal rights regarding your benzene related ailments.
Hazardous waste can be defined as a product or byproduct that poses a threat human health or the environment. This waste must undergo certain processes to eliminate their negative impact on the environment or general public. The companies producing such waste are supposed to follow the guideline of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Those who violate the guidelines of RCRA in disposing of their industrial waste may cause serious harm to the environment and people residing in the surrounding area. If you have been exposed to hazardous material due to the negligence of your employer or someone else, then the sooner you seek legal help, the better.
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