Illnesses Linked to Pesticide Exposure. Pesticides are substances used for controlling insect populations. They get used outdoors, for things like agriculture, landscaping, and gardening. Pesticides also get used indoors to control things like termites, roaches, and bedbugs that can damage buildings and spread disease. Many pesticides are chemical compounds that can harm humans, animals, and plants in addition to killing insects.
Since many pesticides are dangerous chemicals, regulations govern their use, handling, and disposal. The rules that exist for using pesticides do not always get followed, nor are the rules sufficient to protect humans, animals, and the environment from all of the potential harm that pesticides can cause. For example, pesticide exposure causes a variety of acute and chronic illnesses.
The injuries and illnesses that people can get after pesticide exposure are numerous and varied. Each pesticide affects the human body in its own way. For example, some pesticides cause severe irritation and even burning or blistering if they come into direct contact with a person’s skin or eyes. Other pesticides accumulate in specific areas of the body, like organs, and then the health of those organs or systems suffers.
The harm caused by pesticide exposure is not always immediately apparent. While chemical burns, sudden respiratory illness, and other acute medical conditions can occur in connection with pesticide exposure, other injuries appear later on. Cancer, birth defects, and Parkinson’s disease are just a few of the long-term severe and chronic illnesses that can result from pesticide exposure.
One example of a pesticide that has been shown to cause illness is chlorpyrifos. Multiple scientific studies show a link between exposure of toddlers or pregnant mothers to chlorpyrifos and conditions like autism, tremors, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is not surprising that humans who get exposed to chlorpyrifos experience adverse health effects because the pesticide is a neurotoxin. Chlorpyrifos often gets used in agriculture. Health and human rights organizations recently filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency because the agency postponed a critical decision that could protect farm workers, especially young workers, by restricting the use of chlorpyrifos and other pesticides.
Fortunately, some individuals who have suffered injuries and losses in connection with pesticide exposure have been able to recover financially after bringing lawsuits against the parties responsible for the exposure that harmed them. Pesticide exposure lawsuits usually turn on the issue of negligence. Negligence lawsuits aim to recover money for injured parties from parties who owed them some duty regarding pesticides, and who breached that duty, thereby causing the injured party’s damages. For example, the actions of one or more of the following parties might have caused the pesticide exposure that harmed you or your loved one – the pesticide manufacturer, someone who used the pesticide, an employer who required you to use the pesticide, or a property manager who applied the pesticide.
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The concept of negligence may seem complicated, but an experienced personal injury attorney knows how to collect evidence to support a negligence claim and present it to the court. That’s why it’s essential to get help from an experienced attorney if you have suffered an illness or loss because of pesticide exposure. If you or someone you love got sick or hurt in connection with pesticide exposure, you may be able to recover financially for the harm that you’ve suffered. To learn more, fill out an online contact form or call the personal attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP, at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
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