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 cognitive impairment.
- 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 David Komie Law is ready to go to bat for you and help you pursue compensation for a toxic brain injury.