Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and What You Need to Know About it.
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), also known as PERC, is a common industrial solvent used in a variety of processes. These include metal cleaning, dry cleaning, and textile processing. However, PCE exposure can lead to serious health complications, and at Gianaris Trial Lawyers, we take legal action against organizations responsible for this hazardous exposure.
What is PCE?
PCE is a chemical solvent often found in industrial environments. It’s used in metal cleaning operations, textile processing, and most commonly, dry cleaning. PCE exposure happens frequently, given its widespread use in a myriad of products and the increasing contamination of our water sources.
Where You Might Be Exposed to PCE
PCE exposure can occur in several situations such as:
- In an industrial setting, specifically during metal cleaning or textile processing.
- In your home, particularly when using products containing PCE like water repellents, silicone lubricants, fabric finishers, spot removers, adhesives, or wood cleaners.
- By consuming water contaminated with PCE. Minnesotan groundwater has exhibited PCE contamination levels from 0.3 parts per billion (ppb) to over 75,000 ppb.
- By inhaling PCE from recently dry-cleaned clothes or household items.
The Side-Effects of PCE Exposure
According to The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCE is a likely human carcinogen and prolonged exposure can lead to many negative health effects such as.
- Effects on organs and the central nervous system including
- Liver damage
- Kidney effects
- Immune and hematologic effects
- Reproductional effects
- Neurological effects include headaches and impairments in cognitive and motor neurobehavioral functioning.
- Increased risk and association to many cancers
- non-Hodgkin lymphoma & multiple myeloma
PCE Exposure: Lawsuits and Legal Action
Several lawsuits have been filed as a result of PCE exposure, primarily for negligent handling and disposal leading to water contamination. These lawsuits often result in significant settlements or verdicts, as the dangers of PCE exposure are well-documented and recognized by health authorities.
How Gianaris Trial Lawyers Can Help
At Gianaris Trial Lawyers, we represent victims of toxic exposure like PCE. We believe in holding large corporations accountable for their negligence, particularly when it leads to health risks for innocent people. We offer free consultations to discuss the specifics of your case and advise on the best course of action moving forward.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from health complications due to PCE exposure, it’s crucial to take legal action. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys today for assistance.
Remember, PCE exposure is dangerous and can have long-lasting health effects. Stay aware, stay safe, and know that Gianaris Trial Lawyers is here to fight for you.