Surviving Vinyl Chloride Exposure

Vinyl chloride is a chemical used in the manufacturing of many products, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), plastics, rubber, furniture, glass, and paper. It is also used in automobile manufacturing and in construction. This chemical compound has been identified as a human carcinogen, and long-term vinyl chloride exposure can lead to liver cancer, leukemia, and brain cancer.

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Vinyl Chloride Exposure

There are a number of ways in which a person can become exposed to vinyl chloride, including through:

  • Inhalation
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Work - people who work with vinyl chloride are at the highest risk of vinyl chloride exposure

People who work in the following industries, in particular, should be aware of this risk:

  • PVC manufacturing
  • Automobile
  • Construction
  • Furniture
  • Plastics manufacturing
  • Rubber manufacturing

Health Effects of Vinyl Chloride

Long-term vinyl chloride exposure can lead to several adverse health conditions and diseases, including:

  • Liver cancer - angiosarcoma of the liver is one of the most common side effects of vinyl chloride exposure
  • Liver disease - results in liver tissue damage and may require a transplant
  • Leukemia
  • Brain cancer
  • Raynaud's syndrome - a condition in which blood flow to the fingers and toes is inhibited

Help from a Chemical Exposure Attorney

If you or a member of your family has been harmed by exposure to vinyl chloride, you may be legally entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other losses and expenses. Contact an injury attorney skilled in chemical exposure litigation today for further information.

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