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What is MTBE?

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is a volatile organic compound that is colorless, odorless, and flammable. It is used as a fuel component for gasoline engines. MTBE is used to increase oxygen content in gasoline to prevent or explosion of air pockets in combustion, also known as “knocking.” Exposure normally comes from inhalation of exhaust fumes, or ground water pollution.

The Possible Harmful Effects of MTBE Exposure

Inhalation of MTBE can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and irritation of the nose or throat. Other health concerns due to exposure in the air or drinking water and include minor liver damage, reduced white blood cells, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, dizziness, and confusion can occur. The effects of exposure to MTBE are lasting. There is no consensus as to whether MBTE is carcinogenic.

How Can The Toxic Injury Lawyers Help?

Anyone who has been exposed to PFOA may commence what is called a toxic tort action or toxic tort litigation in state or federal courts, as appropriate. In toxic tort litigation, it is alleged that an individual has become harmed as a result of exposure to toxic mold. Lawsuits are filed as a result of actual personal injuries, fear or future injury, or property damage related to exposure to a potentially toxic substance. Exposure occurs at certain concentrations for certain periods of time. In cases that involve medical monitoring of health effects, litigation may be necessary in order to insure that exposed persons’ medical bills are paid, that they are reimbursed for damages (including out of pocket costs), personal injury, and—where warranted—punitive damages. Exposed persons must be able to rely on experienced legal counsel to protect their rights.

Additional Resources

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, Public Health Statement for Methyl-tert-butyl Ether

American Cancer Society, MBTE

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