What are the Effects from a Toxic Exposure?

Toxic substances are present in many workplaces, public buildings, and even in homes. Few people know they are coming face to face with toxic substances. However, there are certain effects people experience after inhaling or absorbing a substance. To be sure, you should go to the hospital whenever you don’t feel well. Based on certain tests, a doctor can determine if you have experienced an exposure.

At Groth & Associates, our personal injury lawyers have represented many people suffering the effects of deadly toxins. Below, our personal injury lawyer reviews some of the most common effects.

Respiratory Problems

Many toxins are inhaled, so they immediately impact the respiratory system. You might immediately begin suffering from:

  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Burning sensation in your sinuses or throat
  • Coughing
  • Stuffy nose

You might notice these symptoms are temporary, so perhaps you were only exposed briefly. If it’s in your home, however, you might suffer constant respiratory problems and believe you have picked up a virus.

Vision Problems

Some toxins, like mold, will affect a person’s eyes. You can experience:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Itchy eyes
  • Redness

Often, rubbing simply makes the problem worse. You should immediately see a doctor if your vision is impaired or blurred in any way, as you don’t want to suffer permanent impairment.

Flu-Like Symptoms

Many people have no idea they are suffering from toxic exposure because they think they have a common cold or flu. This is true of exposure to toxic black mold. You might experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Body ache
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea


Take note of how you feel after leaving the house. For example, you might feel the worst in the morning because you have breathed in toxins all night. After a weekend away, however, your condition might improve, which is a clear sign that the toxins are in your house.


Some toxins are carcinogens that increase the odds of developing cancer:

  • Asbestos—a leading cause of lung cancer and mesothelioma
  • Benzidine—linked to bladder cancer
  • Benzene—linked to lymphatic cancers
  • Arsenic—can lead to lung and skin cancers

A person’s risk of cancer depends on many factors, such as family history, diet, and age. So getting cancer is not a sure sign you have been exposed to toxins. However, if other people at work are diagnosed with similar cancers, then further investigation is warranted. Anyone who works regularly with certain chemicals should also be tested for cancer.

Psychological Effects

Toxic substances can also affect a person’s mind and mood. Some toxics work directly on a person’s brain and can lead to learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, depression, or psychological disturbances.

In other situations, learning that you were exposed to a toxic release can itself cause stress, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Even if the chemicals themselves do not impact your psyche, knowing you were exposed can have negative effects.

Were You Exposed to Toxic Chemicals? We Can Help

At Groth & Associates, we can help anyone exposed to toxic chemicals at work or via a defective product sold on the marketplace. If you have concerns, reach out to us today.