Toxic exposure is not usually something that we think about until we find ourselves in the middle of a mold lawsuit or are in need of a toxic exposure attorney. Toxic exposure often involves a long term, undetected exposure to toxins, and in many cases, people do not realize that it is occurring. It typically takes a chronic condition or debilitating disease to see the effect this exposure to toxins is having on a person.
Some of the most common exposure lawsuits come from mold, lead-based paint, asbestos, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and other chemicals. Lead-based paint is commonly found in homes built before 1978 and can cause damage to organs like the brain, kidneys, and nerves, especially in young children. Asbestos has been used in industries like construction and shipbuilding for insulation and fireproofing structures, and can be found in ceiling and floor tiles; these fibers can cause lung problems after being inhaled. Many other toxins can be found in the environment, such as in drinking water contaminated by wastewater discharge of chemicals and heavy metals. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine found sufficient evidence to link exposure to damp indoor environments in general to upper respiratory tract symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, in otherwise healthy people. The same is true for people with asthma. Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to the development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to developing asthma.
If you believe that you have been exposed to any of these chemicals or toxins, you should seek medical attention immediately. You should also contact a mold exposure attorney or toxic exposure lawyer. Toxic exposure lawsuits are complex so it is important to find an experienced attorney that will understand all of the details and dynamics of your case. In the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas, no attorney has handled more mold/toxin/chemical exposure cases than John B. Richards.
If you or a loved one needs help with mold or other toxic exposure case in Ventura County, Santa Barbara, or Santa Maria, call the Law Office of John B. Richards today at 805-683-2736 to schedule a free consultation.
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