The Effects of PCBs to the Nervous and Endocrine Systems

The Effects of PCBs to the Nervous and Endocrine Systems

May 08

Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979. Before this ban was imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs were widely used for a variety of industrial and commercial processes. These complex c chemical compounds proved to be particularly useful because they were nonflammable, and had the ability to withstand high temperatures and insulate electricity. As a result, its sole manufacturer in the U.S. earned huge success from the product and quickly became a leader in the chemical industry.

Unfortunately, it became clear that Monsanto had been aware of the devastating effects caused by PCBs to human health and the environment and opted to continue operations despite this knowledge. As a result, plenty of Americans continue to grapple with the risks caused by prolonged PCB exposure.

Toxic Monsanto PCBs can affect a person’s health in many different ways. The most notable health risk is the fact that PCBs are classified as a probable human carcinogen. Aside from cancer, PCBs can also affect the human body in other ways. Several scientific studies found that PCBs can some impairment in the nervous and endocrine systems.

According to a fact sheet by the EPA, PCB exposure in newborn monkeys resulted in a significant decline in cognitive development. Researchers found that monkeys exposed to PCBs can suffer deficiencies in visual recognition, short-term memory, and learning ability. Similar studies conducted in humans show a similar pattern. The EPA also points to a scientific study that showed how PCBs can cause disruption in the endocrine system of both humans and animals. In particular, PCBs have been shown to affect thyroid hormone levels.

These results show that PCB exposure can cause significant threats to an individual’s health and well-being. As such, it’s important that the public are made aware of how they can mitigate the risk of exposure to such toxic chemicals. The people most at risk to PCB exposure are workers who come into close contact with older models and materials that have PCBs. Workplaces should have proper regulations in place to ensure that employees are protected from prolonged chemical exposure.

Zoloft: From Depression to (Birth) Defects

Zoloft: From Depression to (Birth) Defects

Feb 06

Many women in the United States of America suffer from anxiety and depression. A serious medical condition, this is an internal battle that can sometimes take an entire lifetime to defeat. Due to it being quite an internal problem, with symptoms that are difficult to detect and prove, a lot of women are often too frightened to be diagnosed with the illness. And an illness, it is, and one of the primary challenges of the battle is dealing with the popular stigma that denies its existence.

Anxiety has been called the illness that is linked with possibility, wherein the person who suffers from this disorder is too paralyzed by the fear of what could be that they are left debilitated and in a state of constant panic. It can be crippling and numbing; the fact that anyone who might suffer from it continues to live on a regular day is an extraordinary feat in itself. One can only imagine the kind of stress that this can cause a pregnant woman, a person making and carrying life within her, who suffers these illnesses; and much more if the medication for this illness causes for birth defects on her child.

This has been the case, as reported by evidence presented on the website of defective pharmaceutical attorneys with Williams Kherkher with the drug called Zoloft. The use of Zoloft, a popular anti-depressant commonly used to treat patients diagnosed with major depression or anxiety, has been linked to a variety of cases of mothers who have complained that the drug is the reason why their babies have been born with possibly life-threatening conditions such as heart failures or severe deformations. This can be the birth of additional and unprecedented health bills as well as a lifetimes worth of stress and increased symptoms in mothers already having to deal with mental problems.

If you or someone you know is going through a situation similar to this, legal action is an option available in order to attain compensation and justice from the guilty party responsible for this additional grievance.

Defective Products can Strike Anywhere

Defective Products can Strike Anywhere

Sep 29

A recent verdict for the plaintiff that filed suit for severe injuries caused by a defective table saw illustrates that we all live around products that can inflict grievous harm in the most unexpected ways.

Of course, a table saw is inherently dangerous, which is why wood workers treat it with the caution it deserves. But in the case mentioned above, 30-year-old Brandon Stollings was using a Ryobi Model BTS20R table saw that kicked back, something he could not have guarded against and a product defect that could have been easily corrected by adding a riving knife (a curved metal) to the design of the saw to prevent kickbacks. As pointed out in the website of New Tork-based law firm Hach & Rose, LLP, consumers have the right to expect that the products they use are safe. Stollings lost an index finger and part of two fingers in the 2007 incident. It was one of many product liability cases that involved kickback incidents with defective table saws, many of which were only fitted with the riving knife fix in 2010.

Many manufacturers breach their duty of care to their consumers because they are reluctant to go through the added trouble and expense of changing product designs or manufacturing processes which can cause injury to consumers. Manufacturers only take action when they are brought to book with legal action.

This was the case with table saw manufacturers, which had already been warned in 1998 by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that the existing safety features of their table saws were ineffective. A Houston personal injury lawyer would interpret this as a resistance to change and a breach of their duty of care as manufacturers, and present it as such during litigation.

While compensation is available to those who suffer injury from product defects, it would be infinitely preferable to avoid such incidents altogether. Stolling was awarded more than $1 million in damages, but would probably have preferred to keep his fingers.

If you have been injured by a product defect that could have easily been prevented by the manufacturer, you could have a case against the manufacturer as well as the distributor or retailer if they had known about the defect but failed to warn you about them. Consult with a product liability lawyer in your area to find out your legal options.