Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit Lawyer

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of those who have been injured or experienced the death of a loved one as a result of exposure to ethylene oxide.

Lawsuits against companies that emit or produce ethylene oxide claim that exposure to the gas increases the risk of developing certain cancers.

What Do We Know About Ethylene Oxide Lawsuits?

Ethylene Oxide is used to produce other chemicals and as a pesticide and sterilizing agent. Ethylene oxide is also used in the process of making polyester fibers, PVC pipe, polyurethane foam, and glues and adhesives. Individuals can become exposed to ethylene oxide through inhalation or ingestion. Working at industrial facilities or living in close proximity to plants increases the risk of exposure to emissions containing ethylene oxide. The general population can also be exposed to ethylene oxide through medical products, cosmetics, and tobacco.

Ethylene oxide exposure has been directly linked to certain cancers. Lawsuits have been filed against companies who have negligently produced emissions containing ethylene oxide. Approximately 76 lawsuits were filed against Sterigenics by individuals who claimed that ethylene oxide emissions from the company’s plant in Lake County is associated with several plaintiffs’ cancer diagnoses. Lawsuits against Medline Industries, Vantage Specialty Chemicals, and West Virginia factories owned by Union Carbide all allege that the companies knowingly exposed their neighbors to the cancer-causing chemical. As of August 2021, more than 150 lawsuits were filed in Gwinnett County against BD Bard, a medical device company with facilities that emit ethylene oxide.

Ethylene Oxide+ Injuries

As a known human carcinogen, ethylene oxide is associated with various cancers including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), myeloma, lymphocytic leukemia, brain cancer, prostate cancer, pancreas cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, lung cancer and uterine cancer. Ethylene oxide is effective as a sterilizing agent precisely because it has the ability to destroy DNA and trigger genetic mutations.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in an Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by Ethylene Oxide, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 274-0139 or submit an inquiry on this page.

Ethylene Oxide and EPA

In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen in response to evidence that inhalation of the chemical can lead to cancer. Studies dating back to 1985 revealed that people who were exposed to ethylene oxide for extended periods of time had an increased risk of cancer. Individuals who live or work near factories are most susceptible to the health risks of exposure to ethylene oxide. The EPA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration have implemented strict standards on ethylene oxide exposure.

Liability Law and Ethylene Oxide Cases

In most states, a company can be held liable for if its product creates unreasonable dangers and a plaintiff cam demonstrate that:

  • the company knew or should have known that the chemical it releases is carcinogenic and dangerous;
  • the company failed to enact more effective measures to control its deadly emissions to protect the public’s health; and
  • injury or death and/or momentary loss resulted from exposure to its defective product.