Ethylene Oxide Exposure Claims
New Orleans Ethylene Oxide Attorneys
If you live in certain parts of Louisiana, you and your family may be unknowingly inhaling a harmful chemical and inadvertently increasing your risk of cancer. Ethylene oxide pollution is an invisible threat affecting residents across the state and the nation. Chemical plants across Louisiana emit this harmful substance into the air, creating a series of short-term and long-term adverse health effects for individuals and families who live nearby.
We encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer after living near a chemical plant to call The Voorhies Law Firm today. Our experienced legal team can help you hold chemical plants accountable and create lasting change in your community.
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What Is Ethylene Oxide?
Ethylene Oxide (EtO) is a flammable, colorless gas used to fumigate spices and seasonings, sanitize certain medical equipment, and produce plastics and other chemicals (like antifreeze). At room temperature and high concentrations (of 500 ppm or more), EtO has a sweet, ether-like odor.
In addition to its many uses, EtO is a known human carcinogen and classified as such by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means the substance can cause cancer in humans.
When chemical plants manufacture ingredients for household products or sanitize medical and dental equipment using EtO, the gas can be released into the air. Once in the atmosphere, EtO can stick around for 69 to 149 days.
Although EtO is effective for its industrial uses because it kills DNA, it is carcinogenic for the same reasons.
Inhaling or ingesting ethylene oxide can cause serious short-term and long-term health problems. While the Clean Air Act of 1967 limits the overall amount of pollution a chemical plant can emit, there are no hard and fast limits for the amount of EtO allowed in the air. Air quality can be difficult to monitor, and any exposure to a carcinogen can increase your risk of cancer.
Effects of Ethylene Oxide Exposure
People who work around EtO are at the highest risk for ethylene oxide exposure, but anyone who ingests or inhales the substance can suffer adverse health effects.
Short-term effects of ethylene oxide exposure include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chemical burns
- Central nervous system depression
- Irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and throat
- And more
Typically, people only experience short-term effects around large concentrations of EtO. More often, they are exposed over time.
The consequences of chronic (long-term) exposure include:
- Damage to the brain and central nervous system
- Leukemia, lymphoma, and other lymphoid cancers
- Stomach and breast cancers
- Increased rates of miscarriage
- Birth defects
- Mutagenic changes (mutations)
- Reproductive harm in men and women
If you live near a chemical plant and experience any of these serious health concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our New Orleans ethylene oxide exposure lawyers.
Compensation for Victims of Ethylene Oxide Poisoning
In Louisiana, chemical plants release ethylene oxide into the air at alarming rates. When EtO is in the atmosphere, this airborne toxin is colorless and odorless, which means residents have no way of knowing if they have been exposed.
Tragically, children are especially vulnerable to ethylene oxide poisoning.
If you or your family have been affected, however, The Voorhies Law Firm can help.
With our experience in toxic torts, we can file a personal injury lawsuit against the chemical plant that caused you or your loved ones harm. While no amount of money can change what happened, it can give you access to the best treatment and prevent a cancer diagnosis from ruining you financially.
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The short-term and long-term effects of ethylene oxide poisoning are horrendous, and you should not have to deal with them alone.
We promise to fight for your rights and be by your side during this difficult time.