When Pesticides Adversely Impact Families
Many homes are fumigated every year throughout this country without incident. Unfortunately, that is not the case every time these deadly chemicals are used. If your family experiences ill-effects, or even death, following fumigation errors, the services of an experienced personal injury attorney can be invaluable.
Sulfuryl Fluoride Poisonings
The key ingredient in pesticides is sulfuryl fluoride. It has been linked to nearly 200 injuries country-wide in recent years, 43 of them here in the Sunshine State. More significantly, 33 people in the United States have died from contact with this lethal substance, nearly half of them in Florida.
Stories of Heartache
While the numbers are chilling, knowing the individual stories behind the numbers demonstrate just how tragic every sing incident is. A few of them include:
- A man exiting his residence, experiencing lethargy, and dying;
- A woman who returned to her fumigated apartment after it was deemed safe, and was later discovered dead in the tub;
- An employee of a fumigation company died of cancer due to exposure;
These narratives are just a few of the many incidents that have wreaked havoc on Florida families over the past decade. Experts suggest there are many more cases that never make the news or impact statistics, because sulfuryl fluoride poisoning is not required to be reported to government agencies.
Causes of Death and Injury
Florida law requires that any entrances to a building be posted with warning signs prior to fumigation. Doors and windows must be locked. After the fumigation process, the building is to be ventilated, then locked again until it is determined that it is safe for entry. Nonetheless, researchers have found that in over half of deaths across the nation, the victim was in the building or entered it during the act of fumigation.
In other cases, people have been injured by fumigation projects in neighboring homes. It appears that in some situations, toxins have been inadvertently released, putting everyone at risk in the surrounding area.
The impacts of exposure to this toxin are carried. Reports of respiratory conditions, cancer, speech problems, and memory impacts are common. Severe brain damage and deaths are the most onerous outcomes.
Following a Tragedy
If you or a loved one is exposed to this vile gas, the chances of neurological damage are clear. Even a single molecule in the air poses a risk to the public.
At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, our dedicated legal team will fight for justice on your behalf. You may very well be entitled to damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with the exposure. Contact us in Daytona & Ormond Beach for a confidential consultation.