Toxic exposure to workers and other persons has gained increasing attention over the years. Biological monitoring as a way of assessing the hazards to health has also developed dramatically. Biological monitoring is one method where measurements are repeated with toxic chemicals in biological specimens and then used to determine the exposure level for individuals and groups of workers. Then this kind of information is used to produce “limitation levels” which would help to determine what illness would arise from the exposure. This has been accomplished in many areas in the chemical industry. Sometimes an effect of a toxic compound can affect certain physiological or biochemical bodily functions.
But also, little is known of the relationship between human biology and pathology and the exposure conditions and concentrations of the compounds found in human beings. This is particularly true of organic chemicals which may be absorbed into the body through the skin or inhalation. And because many toxins are rapidly cleared from the blood, either by excretion or stored in body fat, case analysis requires expert testimony to establish the facts.
Food toxins, salmonella, pesticides, food additives, animal drugs, microbial toxins, mycotoxins, and naturally occurring toxins are well-known to make people sick. Cases trying to establish liability in this area are complicated, because the causal connection between the exposure and the illness is frequently difficult to prove where the evidence has been changed.
The good news is that expert scientists in these fields have made the connections, and successful liability cases have been made in many cases.
Call our office to discuss your case. We may be able to help investigate the case early and find the scientist who may be able to correlate whether your injury is connected to the exposure you encountered.
Call us at 1-800-LAWMAN-1.