In the wake of the Gulf oil spill, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released new information on the effects of crude oil on human health. Exposure to crude oil can cause numerous health issues. Since crude oil and products made from crude oil are so commonly used in the U.S., anyone may suffer from exposure, even if they live nowhere near the Gulf of Mexico.
According to NIH, you may be exposed to crude oil if you live near a refinery or oil leak or eat contaminated seafood. Products made from crude oil, such as jet fuel, gasoline, tar, and other products can also be highly toxic to humans. If spilled, they may contaminate the environment for many years, posing further health risks to people, plants, and animals. If you work in an oil refinery or on an oil drilling rig, you may be exposed to crude oil toxins by skin contact, ingestion, or breathing fumes.
Symptoms of crude oil toxicity include dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, confusion, anemia, and irritation of the skin, eyes, and lungs. Prolonged exposure may cause reddening or burning of the skin. Inhaling fumes or smoke from burning crude oil can cause damage to the respiratory system, which may show up as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing, and other respiratory symptoms.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been exposed to crude oil toxins or another toxic substance, first contact your doctor. Then, get in touch with an experienced Pennsylvania environmental toxins attorney such as the skilled team at Anapol Weiss. Our attorneys will help you understand your legal rights in the face of environmental toxin exposure and will fight to win you the compensation you deserve. Call Anapol Weiss at 866-735-2792 for more information and a free case consultation.