Products Liability

PCB Exposure Carries Silent Risks

Posted By on May 22, 2016

The effects of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) can differ from person to person, but it is still undeniable that they pose a serious threat to people’s health. The adverse effects of PCBs has resulted to it being banned from being produced in 1979 as ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency, yet these dangerous cancer-causing chemicals can still presently be found in our surroundings, food, and even our bodies. The range of health effects of PCBs exposure can range from simple skin conditions to serious, life-threatening cancers.

About 50 studies has been conducted since 1976 has confirmed that long-term exposure to PCBs in the workplace has caused increased mortality from cancers of the liver, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs. The airborne exposure of PCBs in workplaces has also affected tissues that are associated with the production of blood (such as the bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and tonsils) and can also boost the growth and spread of malignant melanoma. One study has even discovered a strong link between PCBs and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which is a type of cancer of the lymphamic system.

Aside from cancer risks, websites of law firms such as Williams Kherkher point out that PCB exposure can lead to complications in the immune system for both children and adults. A compromised immune system can lead to a host of health issues that can lead to long-term care or medication. The people most at risk of PCB exposure, though, are workers who use them. When the workplace is the cause of a worker’s exposure to PCBs, then they have the right to file for a lawsuit for the damages that the exposure has caused. Because the serious effects of PCB exposure can be long-term or permanent, the victim should file an injury report to make the employer liable for their negligence and provide compensation or settlement to ensure the treatment and medication of their worker.

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Morcellators are medical devices that are generally used for the removal of sizable portions of tissue by cutting them to little pieces for easier and faster removal. They are commonly used in laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomy, allowing surgeons to have minimal incisions that would lead to faster recoveries, lesser post-operative pain, and minor wound complications. Although used and approved, power morcellators have recently been deemed dangerous by the FDA. This is mainly due to their tendency to spread cancerous cells that threaten both men and women.

As of 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deterred the use of power morcellators. As late as November 2014, a black box warning has been issued and even major company Johnson & Johnson has pulled their power morcellators off the market. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, women who chose have morcellator procedures have 4 times the risk of dying from sarcoma compared to those who did not have any morcellator procedures. The use of morcellators can compromise the outcomes of treatments for exceptionally malignant tumors.

Although usually benign, fibroids can still carry cancer cells. It is always best to talk with your gynecologists first regarding the possibility of the tumor being cancerous, and to have tests and examinations to ensure whether they are or are not. Because the risks of having cancer cells spread to other parts of your body is high following a hysterectomy through power morcellators, make sure to prepare yourself and your doctor by asking questions and researching information essential to your wellbeing. Understand and know more about the products and procedures that will e used on your body. Unfortunately, many people who have used power morcellators on the surgeries have developed cancer. When this happens, the victim may be eligible for a settlement and can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the power morcellator. It s everybody’s responsibility to ensure that everyone is protectted from the risks that come with power morcellator devices.

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