Diesel fumes are a recognized toxic substance. Although advanced technology has reduced the toxicity of diesel fumes in the last decade, it has not reflected the same degree in its acute and short-term health effects. Many people, when suffering a serious problem from exposure to diesel fumes find that a diesel exhaust poisoning lawyer can help them with recourse.
Diesel fuel and gasoline are both hydrocarbon based. Short-term exposure to diesel fumes can irritate the delicate structure of the eyes as well as the skin and respiratory system. Often, exposure results in headaches or nausea. Long-term exposure, that which people working in close proximity to diesel exhaust may lead to cancer, damage to the kidneys’ and may lead to serious heart problems.
Diesel exhaust is toxic:
Diesel exhaust contains more than 40 known toxic compounds; exposure to diesel can cause serious health problems.
Diesel exhaust combines gases and particulates. This “poisonous soup” contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and dangerous organic and metallic compounds.
DPM, Diesel Particulate Matter, is that which is airborne. Some particles, such as soot and smoke, are visible but there are other fine particulates not visible to the human eye. These unseen particulates include ash, abrasive metallic particles, sulfates, and silicates. It is this material that is drawn into the lungs and then into the bloodstream. Exposure to diesel exhaust will often aggregate conditions such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis that can lead to decreased lung function that in turn puts extra strain on the heart, which can result in premature death.
Those at risk:
The majority of people will not be affected by short-term exposure to diesel exhaust; however, studies show that those who are exposed long-term are at a far greater risk of developing diesel exhaust related health problems. These are the people that may wish to contact a knowledgeable diesel exhaust poisoning lawyer as they may be entitled to compensation.
If you are suffering from a serious illness and you have reason to believe, it is because of exposure to diesel exhaust you should contact a seasoned diesel exhaust poisoning lawyer. You are invited to contact Hughes Law Offices. Follow us on twitter.