Brain Injury From Toxic Exposure
You don’t have to have a concussion to have a brain injury. In fact, many brain injuries are caused by exposure rather than trauma, but these injuries are equally as serious. Toxic exposure can lead to a variety of brain injuries, including dementia, short term memory loss, loss of fine motor control, and social disorders.
There is no conclusive evidence that substances such as toxic mold and asbestos lead to brain injuries-most toxic substances known to cause brain injuries are heavy metals, especially lead.
Lead is particularly dangerous for young children- studies have found that it can actually change the way a young brain is forming. The fairly recent realization of all the harm lead can cause has spurred a variety of laws, including disclosures about any known lead paint when selling a house and laws that require toys to be tested for lead paint.
Lead could still sneak by, however, and if you think that your child has been injured by a product that was found to have lead paint, you should contact a brain injury attorney to see if other consumers have had similar complaints. Attorneys specializing in these types of cases are often looking to form class action lawsuits against companies who knowingly put public health at risk by using lead as a product material.
Adults are more often exposed to lead in the workplace, and brain injuries can also occur in adults. If lead exposure has occurred at work, the brain is the organ most vulnerable to injury. If you have experienced an injury at work, you may be eligible for workman’s comp and possibly a settlement if your employer was negligent in their duty to protect you from exposure.
Living near chemical waste sites or large industries could also put you at risk for an injury, even if you don’t work around the toxic substance. Sometimes chemicals such as benzene can leak into surrounding soil and water, causing devastating effects. If you know various people in your community who suffer similar injury symptoms, it is likely that the injuries were caused by a negligent industrial neighbor.
Class action suits often form as a way to demand justice from these industries. Contacting an attorney in your area can help you stay abreast of any legal action forming in your community.
If you think you might pursue a case, you should keep detailed records of your symptoms, your medical interactions, and, if possible, the number of times and length of time that you encountered toxic exposure. Brain injury can occur directly after exposure to a large amount of a toxic substance, or it may come years after frequent, low dosage exposure.
Regardless of when your brain injury appeared, if you are considering a personal injury case, you should contact an attorney to help you assess your claims as soon as possible.