Despite the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, the amount of chemicals we’re exposed to on a daily basis has increased. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to serious chronic disease.
Across almost all categories, chronic disease is on the rise. Childhood cancers, such as leukemia and brain cancer, have increased by 20 percent since the 70s. Between 1973 and 1998, the incidence of breast cancer grew by 40 percent. Since the beginning of the 1990s, reported cases of autism have increased 10 times. Finally, asthma rates have doubled between 1980 and 1995.
Over the last 30 years, environmental health science has shown that even trace amounts of exposure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs during developmental periods, particularly early in life. Chemicals found in building materials, household cleaners and plastics have been linked to some types of cancer, developmental disease and problems with reproductive systems.
If you believe you’ve developed a chronic condition or disease because of previous chemical exposure at work, contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, a premiere injury law service in Fort Lauderdale, to learn more about your legal rights.