Tetrachloroethylene, or perchloroethylene (PCE) is a colorless liquid chemical most commonly used for dry-cleaning. PCE can also be used for metal degreasing. It evaporates in air and has a sweet odor.
PCE is a probable carcinogen. The harmful effects of exposure to PCE vary depending on the length of exposure. Short-term exposure can cause damage to the nervous system, resulting in dizziness and nausea, as well as skin and respiratory irritation. Long-term exposure can cause liver and kidney damage. Women with exposure to high concentrations may be more susceptible to menstrual problems and spontaneous abortions than average women.
Anyone who has been exposed to PCE 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. In addition to personal injury claims, lawyers representing individuals harmed by PCE must also consider issues such as vapor intrusion and property diminution. Vapor intrusion occurs when solvents such as PCE are released through cracks in the foundation and fill the living space of victims exposing them to these chemicals. Exposed persons must be able to rely on experienced legal counsel to protect their rights.
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