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Sources of Contamination

Toxic Tort Lawyers in NJ

The number of hazardous chemicals on the market today is almost too vast to fathom, making the potential sources for environmental or toxic exposure and contamination more common than you would think. These hazardous chemicals and substances can be found almost anywhere: in your workplace, your everyday environment, and even your home.

Occupational Exposure

There are a number of occupations where workers are vulnerable to dangerous chemical exposure & sources of contamination. Many workers come into contact with dangerous chemicals without any type of safety equipment to protect them.

Some products that can cause potential injuries in the work environment include:

  • Cleaning solvents
  • Dry cleaning solvents
  • Spray paints
  • Paint removers
  • Dyes
  • Fuel, such as gasoline and kerosene
  • Degreasers and lubricants

Additionally, those who work around or directly with welding components risk exposure to manganese, a chemical that can injure the parts of the brain responsible for transmitting signals to other parts of the body. Manganese is found in stainless and carbon steels and welding rods. When the welding smoke is released, workers not wearing the proper safety equipment are left vulnerable to manganese exposure.

Manganese poisoning can occur within as little as 49 days of regular exposure, but it usually takes several years before symptoms appear. Recent studies have shown instances of welders developing Parkinson’s Disease up to 16 years younger than the general population.

Exposure in Your Daily Environment

We don’t always realize how common the potential for toxic exposure is in our everyday lives, but we are constantly exposed to a myriad of hazardous chemicals that have the potential to cause serious injury.
Some typical sources of contamination include:

  • Gas stations
  • Machine shops
  • Dry cleaning stores
  • Landfills
  • Railroad yards
  • Oil refineries

Exposure in Your Home

While many household products are designed with proper warnings listed on their labels, there are many occasions where individuals are exposed to harmful concentrations of various chemicals in their home environment. These chemicals can be found in some of the following products:

  • Oven cleaners
  • Bathroom cleaning products
  • Pesticides
  • Bug spray
  • Drain cleaners
  • Carpet cleaners
  • Household spray paint products
  • Home mechanical cleaning products

Whether you have been exposed to harmful chemicals at a worksite or in your home, or any other sources of contamination, you may be eligible to file a claim with our toxic tort lawyers in NJ if you have sustained any injury or illness. Contact our environmental and toxic tort lawyers in New Jersey at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer today for more information. You can also get a free consultation or give us a call at 855-800-0093.