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Toxic Exposures

16084184_pIt is interesting to note that in this age of heavily manufactured chemicals there is a complete lack of basic toxicity information on thousands of heavily manufactured chemicals. Putting aside all the pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides, there are more than 80,000 synthetic chemicals on the market in the United States. There are approximately 3,000 chemicals, either imported or produced each year, which annually exceed one million chemical pounds combined. No basic toxicity information exists for approximately forty-three percent of these chemicals and a full set of toxicity information is available for only about seven percent. This means there are no epidemiological studies, probably no animal studies and certainly no studies on the cumulative impact from numerous chemical exposures, which may eventually be demonstrated to be the real risk. Even if an individual is exposed to one or more toxins for which a human threshold dose has been established, no acceptable limits have been established for an exposure to chemical mixtures acting in an additive or synergistic way. The lack of epidemiological and/or animal studies on a particular toxic agent does not provide any evidence that the substance is safe, only that it has not been studied and assessed.

1518741_lPutting aside the lack of adequate scientific studies for all the chemicals being produced, with each exposure, whether it be to a synthetic chemical, a pesticide, or a naturally occurring mold, each individual has their own genetic and environmental vulnerability and susceptibility. That means, for example, one individual will develop allergic respiratory responses from mold exposure whereas another person may complain of neurological problems from the same exposure.

Toxic exposures can be complex cases requiring special knowledge of the areas and skills to apply the law in challenging causation cases. If you think you may be wrongfully suffering from an exposure to some pesticide, chemical, or mold, please call for a free consultation.

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