Creosote is present in many wood products and is also implicated in many serious health conditions. In fact the EPA has suggested that creosote is carcinogenic. Over 800 million pounds of creosote is said to be used in wood products, as it is a good wood preservative. It is used in telephone poles, railroad ties and in bridges. It is also considered a risk to people who work in asphalt, rubber, iron and other industries. People who appear to be at the greatest risk are those who are employed in the direct use of contact with creosote seem to be at a significant risk such as those who build fences, install telephone poles, and build bridges. Creosote may also adversely affect other people as well as it contaminates ground water and soil in areas where the use of creosote is prevalent. Creosote can be absorbed in many ways. It can for example, be picked up on the hands or clothing and be absorbed through the skin, through the air or even through consumption of contaminated water.
Creosote is also present in herbal remedies or through contact with coal tar, coal pitch tar. Exposure through herbal remedies has been implicated in liver damage. Further evidence suggests eating creosote can result in a range of symptoms including rashes and at the other end of the continuum seizures and sometimes death. Other maladies and illnesses related to exposure to creosote include skin cancer, cancer of the scrotum, and there is evidence to suggest it is damaging to an unborn fetus. While tests are not currently available to tell if someone has been exposed to creosote, some tests, such as urine tests, may detect creosote coal tar exposure. Long-term exposure seems to elevate the overall risk of contracting a disease related to creosote. An individual who has been exposed to creosote and is experiencing physical problems related to symptoms of exposure should get medical attention as soon as possible and in addition should consider seeking legal remedies by contacting a qualified creosote lawyer.
Tests are available to determine whether or not an individual has been exposed to creosote. For example, urine tests done in a specialized facility may detect coal tar creosote exposure.
Many victims of creosote have found relief from the costs associated with creosote-related injury and illness by contacting attorneys that understand creosote litigation. The costs associated with creosote exposure can be significant and litigation may help offset the tremendous financial burden that treatment can incur on both the victim of creosote exposure and their family. If you think you have cause for concern due to exposure to creosote, finding help is more than important. Our qualified creosote attorneys can guide you through the process and help you find the help you need to deal with the consequences of creosote exposure.