Does Chemical Exposure Cause Brain Injuries?
When workers are exposed to some toxic chemicals, it can cause severe brain
injury, especially in cases of prolonged exposure. Certain toxic substances
can bypass the blood-brain barrier and do serious damage, resulting in
permanent disability, decreased cognitive ability, lost wages, considerable
medical expenses, long-term physical and emotional suffering, and other
devastating, costly personal damages.
What Types of Chemicals Can Affect the Brain?
Pesticides: These pose significant risk to farmworkers, exterminators, and other professionals
who are regularly exposed to chemicals designed to kill. Pesticides can
get into the brain via inhalation or direct contact with skin. You may
be experiencing toxic pesticide absorption if you have clouded or blurry
vision, garbled speech, trouble balancing while walking, or other serious
Carbon Monoxide: Workers in the United States are more likely to be harmed by carbon monoxide
than any other toxic substance. Given that it is invisible and has no
odor, it is impossible to know when you are breathing it in. According to the
Mayo Clinic, you may be experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning if you have any of
the following symptoms:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Blurry vision and/or speech
- Loss of consciousness
Solvents, Metals, and Fuels: If you are exposed to mercury, lead, or other such metals, you can experience
serious harm to specific regions of the brain and suffer significant cognitive
decline. Other chemical compounds that exist in paint thinners, glue,
gasoline, and fuel oils can impact everything from memory to reproductive ability.
What Are the Guidelines for Safe Work Spaces?
According to the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers are required by law to prevent dangerous exposure to chemicals
such as those listed above. Employers are also required to properly communicate
with employees about the chemicals they may be exposed to, provide “labels
and safety data sheets for their exposed workers,” and adequately
train employees to handle toxic substances. Employers are also required
to assess the chemical hazards in their workplace and ensure they do not
exceed permissible exposure limits.
Brain Injury Attorneys in Austin
Get in touch with an experienced
brain injury lawyer if you have been harmed as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals or
suspect that your employer failed to properly educate or protect you against
chemical exposure and toxic brain injury. Our team at
Komie & Morrow, LLP is ready to go to bat for you and help you pursue compensation for a toxic
Call us at (512) 640-2050 or contact us to receive a free case evaluation