Most people associate pesticide exposure with eating non-organic food. However, for people who work with plants, crops, and pesticides, the risk of dangerous levels of exposure is much higher. Farmers, gardeners, and even people who pick or process items with pesticides can suffer from harmful levels of pesticide exposure.
Many states have laws regarding the amount of time that a person can spend around pesticides. Frustratingly, though, not all employers follow these guidelines, which can result in internal and external injuries for people who work around these dangerous chemicals. If you have been hurt due to pesticide exposure, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help with your recovery. Contact an experienced Raleigh workers’ comp lawyer from Scudder & Hedrick, PPLC, today at 919-851-3311.
Signs of Pesticide Poisoning
Pesticides are chemicals formulated to kill or deter pests that get on plants and crops. Sometimes, these strong chemicals can also cause adverse health problems in humans. They can get into your body through your eyes and skin, especially lacerations and open wounds, as well as through inhalation and ingestion. If you have absorbed pesticides, you may exhibit symptoms such as:
- Skin irritation
Pesticides and Cholinesterase
Some pesticides interfere with your body’s production of cholinesterase, a molecule that is important for the nervous system. Without cholinesterase, your nerves can be constantly signaling, leading to exhaustion, seizures, and loss of consciousness. Sometimes, this imbalance can lead to death.
If you have been exposed to dangerous levels of pesticides, you may require medical treatment, therapy, and other attention to help you recover. If your exposure occurred while at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation to help you with these expenses. To discuss your case, contact a knowledgeable Raleigh workers’ comp attorney from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 919-851-3311 today.