Diesel fuel and diesel fume exposure is one of the newer fronts is toxic tort litigation. Over the years, there have been numerous chemical substances proven to be harmful to human health. These substances include asbestos, benzene, lead paint and various pesticides among many others. These hazardous substances have been link to numerous health problems including cancer, birth defects, pulmonary diseases and many others. Recently, scientists have demonstrated a link between diesel fumes and cancer as well.
Diesel exhaust consists of tiny particles, which when inhaled can penetrate the circulatory system. As such, these particles can reach and do harm to all of the organ systems of the body. Past studies have demonstrated the ability of diesel particles to trigger growth of new blood vessels to existing tumors, thereby exacerbating an illness. Recent studies have shown that diesel exhaust particles can cause even normal tissue to develop a solid tumor.
A demonstrable link between diesel fumes and cancer has widespread fallout in terms of legal responsibility. Companies that use diesel machinery may be held responsible for illnesses or deaths of employees exposed to harmful diesel fumes. Manufacturers of household and industrial products that used asbestos have been held responsible for thousands of mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis cases. Diesel fume litigation may follow the same trend.
If you believe your injuries or a loved one’s death has been caused by exposure to diesel fumes, you may have a personal injury case. In cases that involve multiple victims, a class action lawsuit may be applicable. The attorneys at Ankin Law Office can help you determine if your case has merit and how to best proceed though the legal system. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.