Long-term effects of oil spills remain uncertain, with studies working to provide some answers to the exact health hazards such toxic accidents cause. The recent ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline spill in Arkansas may provide more research after it dumped thousands of barrels of crude oil into residential streets and backyards.
While no initial injuries or deaths were immediately caused by the spill, some effects may have yet to appear. There has been some documentation of severe injuries due to oil spills and cleanup, including:
Neurological damage, including memory loss
Respiratory and nervous system damage
Chemical exposure effects, including cancer, reproductive damage and endocrine disruption
These types of severe, long-lasting effects can be caused by more than an explosion at an oil facility. For example, breathing gaseous oil compounds, whether directly or through dispersed compounds in the air can have catastrophic effects. Further, consuming contaminated food and water, most commonly fish, can also have long-term health effects.
If you were injured from an oil spill accident or during a cleanup, it doesn’t matter whether your injury appears immediately or over time — oil-related injuries often are serious and life-changing, requiring permanent care and medical bills. An aggressive oil field accident attorney can help determine your rights to compensation.
Yaeger, Jungbauer & Barczak, PLC can be a vital addition during your fight for recovery and justice. We have experience in catastrophic injuries with proven results. Call for a free consultation about your legal options.
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