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The term “dioxin” refers to toxins that share a similar chemical structure and cause similar complications. Dioxins are found in air, soil, sediments and food.
Most dioxins are introduced to the environment through the air as trace products of combustion. Major contributors include waste incineration, forest fires, coal-fired power plants, residential wood burning, backyard trash burning, and herbicide manufacturing.
We are also exposed through the foods we eat. These include beef, pork, poultry, fish, milk and dairy products.
Because dioxins are distributed throughout the environment in low concentrations, most of us have detectable levels in our tissues. These levels will persist for years even if we are never exposed again.
Dioxins are toxins, or poisons, that are known to accumulate in body tissues over time. This chronic, long-term exposure can lead to serious health complications.
Dangers of Dioxin Exposure
There are a number of medical situations that may occur when you are exposed to dioxin over a period of time. These include:
- Chloracne, a skin disease with severe acne-like pimples
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Reproductive and developmental problems
- Damage to the immune system
- Disruption of the endocrine system
- Nervous-system disorders
There is a possibility that you are suffering from dioxin exposure if you are experiencing any of this issues. You may want to consult a lawyer if any of the potential dioxin-causing situations are relevant to your daily life.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.