Dioxin is a highly poisonous compound that results as a by-product in some manufacturing processes that involve chlorine being released into the environment. Primarily airborne, dioxins are often found in the air, soil, and even on food. Prolonged exposure to dioxin can result in the formation of liver and other forms of cancer, fertility problems and birth defects, problems with the immune and/or respiratory systems, and a variety of other serious health afflictions.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxin is introduced into the environment during:
The majority of dioxin exposure occurs with food. Animals that are exposed to dioxin often carry the compound in their fat, which is consequently transmitted to whoever eats portions of that fat. Food supplies that are in close proximity to any of the above actions and occurrences are susceptible to exposure, as are those who partake in any of the aforementioned activities. Factory workers in particular are at risk for exposure to dioxins, especially since those workers not only work in an environment susceptible to dioxin release, but may also consume local food that has also been exposed. Even more problematic is that dioxin poisoning can pass from a mother to a child if the mother has been exposed to dioxin and chooses to breast feed the child.
The EPA has deemed dioxin as "one of the most dangerous toxic chemicals detrimental to human health." It is estimated that 1 in 10,000 Americans is afflicted by dioxin exposure that results in liver cancer. Dioxin, according to the EPA, "has been medically proven to promote the growth of dormant cancers in the liver."
If you or a loved one has recently fallen ill as the result of exposure to dioxin, please don't hesitate to contact the environmental law attorneys at Anapol Schwartz. Our experienced toxic tort lawyers with examine the details of your case, hold guilty parties responsible for their actions, and seek monetary compensation on your behalf to help cover the costs associated with your illness, such as medical bills. Call us today for a free consultation, and we will ensure that your rights are not infringed upon in a court of law.
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