The chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), the subject of a class action lawsuit in Florida, is once again garnering attention over its toxic effects on people and property. Trichloroethylene is a colorless liquid chemical widely used for textile processing and degreasing in metal-cleaning operations. Due to its volatile chemical composition, TCE can travel great distances when it is released in the soil. Contamination of the water supply, either through public water or private wells, is a big concern. Additionally, TCE is known to leach through soil and up through small cracks in homes, where it evaporates and becomes trapped inside the home. As a result, a dangerous inhalation hazard is created.
Folks are exposed to TCE in a variety of ways. But on-the-job exposure is the most likely occurrence, either by way of skin absorption or simply inhaling TCE vapors. For example, TCE has been used or is a common byproduct waste in textile facilities, paint, automobile and home cleaning product manufacturer operations. Additionally, construction and heavy equipment operators have been known to use TCE as a degreasing material. Property owners and residents are also exposed to TCE by dumping. Because TCE is so volatile, companies that dump or release it are almost assured of contaminating entire neighborhoods adjacent to the release site.
We are particularly concerned with residents who own private drinking water wells adjacent to plants that use TCE because drinking water contamination can lead to serious health effects. Oftentimes, nearby residents have no way of knowing whether they are actually being exposed to TCE until they become very ill from prolonged exposure. TCE poses a very real threat and is associated with a host of illnesses. In small doses, either by inhalation or ingestion, TCE exposure causes headaches, skin irritation, mood swings, sleepiness, and unconsciousness. A more acute inhalation or ingestion of TCE can cause impairments in motor and cognitive senses, cardiac arrhythmia, liver damage and kidney damage and central nervous issues. TCE has also been linked to a variety of cancers, including esophagus, kidney, bladder, lung, pancreas, cervix and leukemia.
Rhon Jones and Parker Miller with our firm are currently investigating these cases. If you or your property have been severely injured or damaged as a result of TCE exposure, we would like to speak with you. You can contact Rhon or Parker at Rhon.Jones@beasleyallen.com and Parker.Miller@beasleyallen.com, or by telephone at 800-898-2034.
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