Chemical Diseases Caused By Environmental Exposure
West Virginia legal team seeks the answers
You are constantly exposed to man-made chemicals in your home, workplace and in almost every other avenue of your life. Many diseases diagnosed in adults have been traced to substances with which you come into contact daily in West Virginia. However, even a strong correlation between a medical condition and a toxin may not be enough to get its use restricted or to have the public warned regarding the dangers it poses. Aggressive lobbying by corporations keeps consumers in the dark about the risks and prevents government agencies from taking prompt action.
Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC upholds consumers’ rights to know more about the chemicals and toxins introduced into the environment. When those substances cause injuries, we demand accountability.
Effects on the human body of chemical exposure
Do not forgo your right to recover compensation simply because you have no proof that your injury resulted from exposure. We often take challenging cases that eventually uncover surprising causes of disease. If your doctor cannot confidently identify the origins of your illness, or if you suspect that your doctor has not made an accurate diagnosis, let us review your case to determine if chemical exposure may have caused problems with your:
- Central nervous system — Parkinson-like symptoms are often mistakenly diagnosed as Parkinson's disease. However, you may not have been born with a genetic condition—your nervous system dysfunction could be the result of environmental exposure to solvents and pesticides in pressure-treated wood, discarded batteries, car exhaust or rat poison.
- Renal system — Kidney cancer, renal failure and the inability to remove toxins from your body can result from exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents, uranium, cadmium, lead or mercury.
- Reproductive system — Infertility and birth defects may be caused by exposure to mercury, lead or carbon monoxide.
- Immune system — An autoimmune disease, allergy, compromised immune system or cancer can occur because of exposure to mercury, lead, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other chemicals in contaminated water, soil or air.
- Hepatic system — Carbon tetrachloride, methylene chloride and vinyl chloride found in adhesives, paint removers and pipe sealers can prevent your liver from adequately cleansing your body’s blood. It can also cause liver disease or cancer.
- Skin — Nickel, mercury, arsenic, chromium, PCBs and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in cement, pressure-treated wood, building supplies, paints and contaminated water may damage your body’s largest organ and increase your risk of infection as well as trigger rashes, dermatitis and other skin irritations.
Finding the answers
Our Charleston law firm conducts a detailed occupational exposure history and a full analysis of the chemicals with which you are likely to have come into contact in your home or other locations. This in-depth study helps to determine if a certain substance is linked to your disorder. If we discover a connection, we begin the process of filing a products liability claim against the manufacturer or a personal injury claim against the corporation that released the chemical into your environment.
Consult our Charleston lawyers about connecting your illness to chemical exposure
For more information about chemical exposure claims, call Calwell Luce diTrapano PLLC at 304.400.6558 or contact our law firm online to schedule an appointment.