Since New Jersey is among the most industrialized of states and also one of the most densely populated states, it is perhaps not surprising that many residents suffer health problems as a result of chemical exposure. If you believe that you or a family member could be suffering from ill health effects caused by chemical toxicity, consider talking to a personal injury lawyer in Paterson, NJ. After reviewing your medical records and other evidence, your lawyer can advise you as to whether you may have the basis to file a claim and seek compensation for your losses. If you are thinking about filing a claim, it’s important to keep detailed records of your symptoms.
Benzene is a petroleum-based chemical that can cause toxicity in individuals who inhale, touch, or swallow it. Benzene exposure often occurs in factories and it can affect many different parts of the body. It may cause blurry vision, a burning sensation in the throat and nose, irregular or rapid heartbeat, shock, sudden collapse, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. It can also affect the lungs, causing chest tightness and rapid, shallow breathing. Benzene can adversely affect the nervous system, causing symptoms like dizziness, convulsions, euphoria, staggering, headache, tremors, and weakness. High-level benzene exposure can cause rapid death and low-level exposure may cause leukemia, lymphoma, and anemia.
Like benzene, chromium can cause toxicity in different ways. If chromium dust is inhaled, the individual may suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic rhinitis, and upper respiratory polyps. Exposure of the skin can lead to fissuring, papules, swelling, and scaling. Inhalation and oral exposure may both cause renal effects, including acute kidney failure. Other possible health effects associated with chromium toxicity include liver damage, gastrointestinal ulceration and hemorrhage, metabolic acidosis, ventricular arrhythmias, and cardiogenic shock, along with certain types of cancers. These are just a few of the associated health problems.
A wide range of symptoms can occur from many different types of chemical poisonings. In general, it’s advisable to seek medical care if you work with chemicals and experience atypical symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, abdominal pain, nausea, drooling, dizziness, weakness, or sudden change in behavior.