Environmental Pollutants - Creosote
A creosote lawyer can help you recover damages if you or a loved on have suffered debilitating injuries or death associated with exposure to the popular wood preservative.
Creosote is a commercial wood preservative procured through high-temperature distillation of coal tar, which contains hundreds of different chemicals. Once obtained, creosote is used in products that protect wood (typically railroad ties and utility poles) from deterioration due to fungus, insects, mites, spores and other threats. In the past, some forms of creosote were also used in disinfectants, laxatives, cough treatments and other products.
Exposure to creosote at anything other than trace levels can result in various reactions from the human body; the more direct the exposure and the longer it persists, the more severe are the symptoms. Because creosote is not approved for household or private use, those injured by it are usually those who work with coal tar creosote in an industrial setting.
Eating contaminated food can cause stomach pain and burning sensations in the mouth and throat. Direct contact that is brief can cause severe skin rashes and irritation, chemical burns to the eyes, kidney and liver problems, convulsions, unconsciousness and death.
More prolonged contact has more serious effects. Individuals exposed to even low levels of creosote or its vapors over a period of time have been known to develop anything from eye and skin damage, respiratory tract irritation, and in the most serious cases, cancer of the skin and scrotum.
Both the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have listed coal tar creosote as a probable human carcinogen.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, illness or death, as the result of an environmental pollutant, such as creosote, and you believe the exposure was someone else's fault, call VanDerGinst Law at 1-866-843-7367 or click here for a FREE online case evaluation. The initial consultation is free of charge. If we agree to handle your creosote case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if, and when, there is a money recovery for you. In many cases a creosote lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.