Chemical Exposure Injury

Chemical Exposure Injury

A chemical injury may occur when a person is exposed to even low levels of chemicals. Widely-available chemicals found in common products may cause injury from as little as one exposure. A chemical injury can lead to chronic, life-long sensitivity to chemicals or environmental illness that leaves a person unable to work and/or otherwise restricts their lifestyle. In certain cases, the party(s) responsible for a chemical injury may be found liable for damages. Adding to the list of chemical injury or exposure is Glyphosate, the active ingredient found in the Roundup product.

 

ROUND UP – The Herbicide:

The World Health Organization has confirmed that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is carcinogenic. WHO has relied on findings of the International Agency [IARC]for Research on Cancer. IARC is the gold standard in cancer research.  Glyphosate is now a recognized likely cause of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma [NHL], NHL is an environmental cancer.  See the monograph at http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf. The risk of NHL is not inherited but can be caused by a variety of environmental exposures. Roundup is one of those exposures. Cases of alleged Roundup-caused NHL are now pending around the country.

Roundup is a well-known weed killer that was patented, made and sold by Monsanto Chemical Company. The patent has now expired and other agrichemical companies now sell generic glyphosate. Persons with likely injurious exposure include farmers, farm worker, landscapers, nursery workers and home users.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma  or Multiple Myeloma, a subtype of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and has been exposed to the product Roundup, call us. We can help.

 

CHEMICAL INJURY CASE STUDY

Client: Male, 56 years old

Location: Savannah, GA

Injury: Chemical / reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
Facts: A middle aged man was referred to our office by an out of town lawyer. Our client had developed breathing problems after being exposed to chemicals from spray paint when entering a fast food restaurant. His treating doctor had diagnosed him with reactive airway dysfunction syndrome, also known as RADS. RADS is an asthma-like condition that can be caused by exposure to irritant chemicals that remodel the airways.

The defendant in the case (the fast food restaurant) refused to accept responsibility and offered several defenses. They claimed that 1) our client did not have RADS, 2) that the exposure was inadequate to cause RADS, and 3) that the company had used ordinary care in its work. The defendant hired two expert witnesses to prove these claims.

Result: This case went to a three day trial and the jury returned a $210,000 verdict in favor of our client. This verdict included compensation for the restrictions in our client’s lifestyle and for his future need for medications to treat his condition.

 

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