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Chemical Exposure with Soil Contamination

Soil contamination is caused by the presence of man-made chemicals or other alterations within the natural soil environment. This type of contamination typically occurs due to industrial activity, chemicals used in the agriculture industry, or improperly disposed waste.

Chemical exposure can occur through direct contact with the contaminated soil, by coming into contact with vapors from the contaminants, or from secondary contamination of water supplies beneath the soil. Soil can also become contaminated when areas flood with groundwater that is contaminated with heavy metals or chemicals.

Exposure to contaminated soil can occur in the following ways:

  • Skin contact – Walking on the soil or while gardening
  • Inhalation – Creating dust in the yard or tracking dust into the home
  • Ingestion – Eating fruits or vegetables grown in the contaminated soil

Injuries, Illnesses and Symptoms Caused by Exposure to Contaminated Soil

There are a number of chemicals found in contaminated soil that can cause serious side effects, injuries and illnesses when individuals come into contact with them. Chemicals and substances like chromium, lead, petroleum, solvents, pesticides, herbicides and benzene are known to be found within contaminated soil.

Common health effects associated with exposure to contaminated soil include:

  • Leukemia
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver toxicity
  • Neuromuscular blockage
  • Depression of the central nervous system
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rash

If you have been exposed to environmental hazards like contaminated soil and are now suffering with side effects or other injuries, you may be eligible to file a claim today. Contact our chemical exposure lawyers at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer today for more information, or give us a call at 855-800-0093. You can also get your free consultation now.