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Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is used primarily as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts. You can also find it in adhesives, paint removers and spot removers.
Although researchers don’t think TCE occurs naturally in the environment, it has been found in underground water sources. Scientists believe this happens as a result of the manufacturing and disposal process. TCE can enter air and groundwater if it is not disposed of properly or leaks into the ground.
TCE is considered a carcinogen to humans in all its forms. You can be exposed through contaminated air, water, and food. Its dangers can be life threatening.
Acute Symptoms of TCE
In the short-term, exposure to TCE may cause:
- Facial numbness
Serious TCE Complications
Over time, serious and life-threatening complications can arise. These include:
- Cancer of the kidneys, liver, cervix and lymphatic system
- Toxicity to the central nervous system
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
- Disruption of the immune system
- Toxicity to women who are pregnant, leading to damage in infants
Manufacturers are responsible for disposing of their solvents properly. If their negligence has compromised your health, it may be worth your while to consult a lawyer.
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.