Shein Law has represented chemical exposure victims and their families since the 1970s. We are committed to protecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents from exposure to dangerous toxins both in and outside of the workplace. Whether you are a homeowner battling toxic mold or a welder suffering from manganese exposure, our lawyers want to help. We are local attorneys with an invaluable understanding of the local industries and people, and we are determined to protect the lives and livelihoods of our Pennsylvania and New Jersey neighbors.
Our chemical exposure lawyers have experience with a variety of cases involving the following dangerous toxins:
If you or a loved one has been exposed to hazardous chemicals and are suffering from related health problems, our Pennsylvania or New Jersey chemical exposure lawyers can put you in touch with a medical specialist in your area. Please contact Shein Law right away to consult with a member of our legal team.
Occurring naturally and artificially, benzene is a dangerous and deceptively sweet-smelling toxic chemical. Produced by cigarette smoke, forest fires, automobile exhaust, chemical spills, and water pollution, benzene plays an important role in the manufacturing of countless products. Benzene is used in the making of plastics, gasoline, rubber, synthetics, resin, and many more everyday items.
Dangers of Benzene Exposure
High levels of benzene exposure have been known to cause all four classifications of leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and a number of blood disorders, including aplastic anemia. However, even lower levels of exposure can result in severe headaches, tremors, disorientation, nausea and vomiting, and loss of consciousness.
Contact our office in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to discuss your case with our chemical exposure lawyers. If you have become ill or suffered serious side effects as a result of benzene exposure, our attorneys can help protect your legal rights.
Manganese is an important natural mineral that is essential to the healthy development of our bodies, especially the brain. Found in rock, soil, and water, manganese has all sorts of industrial uses, but it plays a particularly significant role in the steel and welding industry. Although a small amount of manganese consumption is necessary for maintaining good health, the level of daily manganese exposure experienced in some occupations leads to serious and debilitating illnesses.
Levels of Manganese Exposure
There are four primary ways of being exposed to manganese – air, soil, water, and vegetation – though working with manganese on a daily basis is typically the most dangerous. Manganese can be found in the air due to welding fumes, car and truck exhaust, fumes from metal and power plants, and even dust from mines. Manganese found in soil and water is the result of either natural deposits or industrial pollution. And manganese in vegetation is caused by absorption of manganese from all three elements.
Who is at risk?
The most high risk occupations for dangerous manganese exposure are welders, steel workers and miners, railroad workers, gasoline processors, and those who handle or manufacture pesticides and herbicides.
Symptoms of Manganese Exposure
The primary symptom of exposure to dangerous levels of manganese is a condition known as Manganism. Commonly referred to as “welder’s disease,” Manganism is considered a form of Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms of Manganism include:
- Muscle stiffness and tremors
- Difficulty speaking and walking
- Diminished equilibrium and motor skills
- Dementia and memory loss
- Gastrointestinal dysfunction
- Alterations in facial expressions
Manganese exposure can also lead to deformities and developmental problems in children.
Is there any treatment available?
At this time there is no treatment available to cure Manganism; however, there are treatments to control and delay the advancement of the condition’s symptoms. If you or a loved one believes they are suffering from dangerous levels of exposure, our Pennsylvania and New Jersey manganese exposure lawyers can connect you with a specialist to conduct a diagnostic test. Please contact Shein Law today for more information, and to schedule a consultation with our highly skilled legal team.
This steely gray metal found in the earth is one of the chemical components of volcanic dust, coal and oil, and certain rocks such as beryl and bertrandite. Ground into a fine powder, alloyed with another metal such as copper, or in its pure metallic form, beryllium is used in a wide variety of industries and products. Some of the industries that utilize beryllium include dental laboratories, alloy manufacturing, nuclear weapons production, defense industries, metal recycling, and metal machine shops that work with alloys containing small amounts of beryllium.
Beryllium Exposure and Potential Side Effects
The three primary conditions caused by dangerous beryllium exposure and inhalation, including secondary exposure, are:
- Skin irritation
- Acute beryllium disease (ABD) – mimics pneumonia and severe bronchitis
- Chronic beryllium disease (berylliosis or CBD) – an allergic response to contact with beryllium; initial stages present fever, fatigue, rash, and cough, while later stages present serious lung and cardiopulmonary damage
If you or a loved one has been exposed to beryllium and suffers from the side effects of this toxic material, contact the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chemical exposure lawyers at Shein Law.
The non-stick chemical, Teflon®, also referred to as PFOA (perflourooctanoic acid), has been declared a “likely carcinogen” by the EPA. Although there have been no conclusive reports of Teflon®-related cancer, studies have shown that exposure to PFOA causes the growth of tumors in animals. 3M halted production of PFOA in its factories in May of 2006 in response to growing health concerns, leaving DuPont as the sole manufacturer of PFOA in the United States.
PFOA remains in the body indefinitely, and could potentially lead to reproductive disorders, cancer, and developmental problems. If you have reason to believe that Teflon® is causing you serious health problems, contact Shein Law in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Our chemical exposure lawyers can investigate your case and help to defend your rights.
Used to produce dental fillings, thermometers, batteries, and chlorine, mercury is a very toxic natural mineral. Consumption of mercury, whether through eating seafood with high mercury levels or absorption through dental fillings, can result in birth defects and developmental problems, as well as neurological and renal damage in adults.
Mercury exposure can occur in the general population due to the emissions of industrial boilers and coal-fired power plants, and the burning of hazardous materials. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are at an especially high risk of developing or passing on the devastating side effects of this metal. Because Pennsylvania and New Jersey have widespread industrial centers, our citizens are particularly susceptible to mercury exposure. If you suspect that mercury exposure is causing serious health problems for you or your family, get in touch with the chemical exposure lawyers at Shein Law. With our experienced, aggressive representation, we can help you to achieve the justice you deserve.
Silent and subtle, toxic mold often grows undetected for many years as homeowners and building occupants are unknowingly infected with harmful mold spores. Toxic mold can proliferate in all parts of a building, but the most common places it is found include:
- Attics, basements, and crawl spaces
- Areas of frequent flooding or water leakage, such as the kitchen and bathroom
- Dryers with indoor vents
Health Problems Associated with Toxic Mold Exposure
The health problems caused by toxic mold can range from asthma, sinus irritation, and coughing to memory loss, moodiness, and chronic headaches. Toxic mold is preventable and controllable, but prevention requires taking extra precautions like dehumidifying bath and kitchen areas, keeping windows open to circulate air, and repairing plumbing problems immediately. If you or a family member believes toxic mold is causing chronic illness in your home, school, or workplace, contact our office in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to speak with our chemical exposure lawyers.
Air pollution, water pollution, food contamination – the use of pesticides has lead to innumerable environmental and biological side effects that can devastate the body. Pesticides such as atrazine and paraquat are known to cause such conditions as:
- Cancer of the lung, brain, and kidneys
- Leukemia and/or lymphoma
- Birth defects and developmental disorders
- Asthma and respiratory illnesses
- Damage to vital organs, including the heart, stomach, and liver
- Neurological disorders, including migraines, reflex problems, and learning disabilities
Areas that are particularly vulnerable to pesticide contamination are gas stations, dry cleaning shops, oil refineries, land fills and hazardous waste storage facilities, rail yards, and chemical plants. If you have reason to believe that you are suffering from the side effects of pesticides, the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chemical exposure lawyers at Shein Law have decades of experience in successfully fighting the producers and vendors of dangerous pesticides. To schedule a review of your case, please contact us right away.
Contact the Chemical Exposure Lawyers at Shein Law
If you live in Pennsylvania or New Jersey and have been affected by any type of chemical exposure, including manganese and exposure to other toxic substances, contact Shein Law online or call 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) today. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries.