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Vapor intrusion most often occurs when dangerous chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil emit vapors into the building overhead. One such example is radon. Other toxins include mercury and hydrogen sulfide.
If levels are high, you may experience serious health problems in a short period of time. Typically, however, the levels are low. The concern in these cases involves long-term exposure.
Regulatory agencies recognize that certain building and foundation types may be more prone to chemical vapor hazards. If not resolved, the health risks can be substantial.
Of particular concern is petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI), which can result from leaking underground storage tanks. Chemicals involved in these types of leaks include three main categories: petroleum hydrocarbons, such as benzene, trimethylbenzenes, found in gasoline, and methane.
Short-Term Symptoms of Vapor Exposure
Although they may be annoying, the short-term symptoms of vapor intrusion are not life-threatening:
- Eye and respiratory irritation
Long-Term Vapor Intrusion Complications
However, the long-term symptoms may be life-threatening:
- Damage to the immune system
- Blood disorders
- Damaging effects on pregnant women and unborn children
- Increased incidence of leukemia
Vapor intrusion may be caused by faulty equipment and other leakages that should not occur. A lawyer can help you determine if someone else has put your health in jeopardy.
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.