Health Risks Associated With Ethylene Oxide Exposure

The EPA says that breathing in ethylene oxide over the course of several years may result in an increased risk of developing damaging health effects including:

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Lymphocytic leukemia
  • Other blood and lymph cancers
  • Breast cancer
  • Cancers of the prostate, pancreas, kidneys, lung, brain, stomach, ovaries, and bladder
  • Headaches and nausea
  • Memory loss and impaired hand-eye coordination
  • Cognitive and neurological impairment
  • Miscarriage and reproductive harm
  • Eye damage
  • Nerve damage

While those who work closely with EtO face the biggest risk of exposure, citizens of towns with sterilization facilities may also be at risk. Children are believed to be especially susceptible to ethylene oxide and are more likely to develop cancer later in life after exposure.

Taking Legal Action Against Negligent Sterilization Facilities

While nothing can turn back the clock and prevent exposure to ethylene oxide emissions, taking legal action against sterilization facilities helps offset the expenses associated with medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages. Holding these negligent facilities accountable also raises awareness about the dangers of EtO and encourages stricter regulations to protect public health in the future. 

Determining your eligibility to pursue an ethylene oxide lawsuit hinges on your individual situation. A Missouri personal injury lawyer from our firm will help you understand your right to compensation. You might have a viable claim if:

  • You were employed or resided close to a sterilization plant or another industrial site utilizing ethylene oxide.
  • You received a diagnosis of cancer or another health ailment linked to EtO exposure.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with Our MO Personal Injury Attorneys

If you believe you have been exposed to ethylene oxide and developed health issues as a result, we want to hear from you. At Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet, our skilled Kansas City personal injury lawyers are passionate about fighting for justice and ensuring that victims affected receive the compensation and support they deserve. We have the experience and dedication to advocate for your rights and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. 

You're welcome to reach out to us through our online contact form or by calling our office directly at 888.813.0825 to arrange your complimentary consultation. We're honored to serve the Kansas City metro community and look forward to connecting with you.

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