Dealing with Pesticide Exposure – Know Your Legal Rights
Pesticides are chemicals used to control indoor and outdoor pests such as insects and rodents, as well as weeds and other harmful plants. Pesticides can also be biological in nature. There are various types of pesticides, including:
- Herbicides - used to control weeds and other harmful plants
- Insecticides - used to control insects such as termites and moths
- Nematicides - used to control roundworms
- Fungicides - used to control fungi
- Rodenticides - used to control mice, rats, and other rodents
People can be exposed to pesticides through:
- Food - Since they are used on crops, trace amounts of pesticides can be found in many foods.
- Water - Runoff from pesticide use can contaminate groundwater, rivers, lakes, and streams. Although drinking water provided through municipal systems is tested regularly for increased levels of pesticides, private wells are not.
- Air - Air currents can carry pesticides that were sprayed in a nearby area. This phenomenon is known as pesticide drift.
Side Effects from Exposure
Exposure to pesticides can lead to serious side effects, including:
- Redness, swelling, or blistering of the skin
- Stinging or swelling of the eyes, mouth, and nose
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
In addition to these side effects, pesticide poisoning can also have severe effects on both the reproductive system and the endocrine system (the system that controls the body's hormones).
Get More Information on Filing a Pesticide Poisoning Lawsuit
Although some reactions to pesticide exposure can be mild in nature, serious side effects can occur. If you or a member of your family has been harmed by exposure pesticides, contact an experienced injury attorney to schedule an evaluation of your potential chemical exposure lawsuit.