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How Deadly Pesticides Can Lead To A Lawsuit

by Kristin Hawkins

Pest control specialists, also known as exterminators, use substances that are intended to kill pests alone. However, some of these pesticides can also affect pets and even full-grown humans after the pesticide treatment. If you and your family are ill as a result of the negligent use of pesticides, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

The Harmful Effects of Pesticides

Children and pets are the most vulnerable to pesticide injuries. Children exposed to pesticides may suffer from paralysis, brain damage and lung damage. Many pesticides used in fumigation are colorless and odorless. As a result, the residents of a home being treated by pesticides may not even realize they are at risk. However, an exterminator is responsible for assessing the risks and taking the appropriate precautions.

Negligent Pest Control Manufacturers

Pest control manufacturers are also responsible for protecting their customers from their own products. While many pesticides come with some inherent risks, pest control companies are responsible for warning customers of these risks and also explaining how to properly use the product to avoid suffering damages.

Pinpointing the Root of Your Symptoms

You may not even know what is causing your symptoms which is why you will need to see a doctor as soon as possible. While working with your doctor, you might determine that your symptoms are associated with a particular pesticide that was used in your home. Then, you will need to contact a personal injury attorney to assist you in determining whether you have a case and to calculate your damages.

Damages Caused By Improper Pesticide Use

You and your loved ones will be entitled to compensation for economic damages such as medical bills and lost wages as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. However, to successfully seek compensation for your damages, you must work closely with your attorney's legal time that includes one or more expert witnesses.

These are professionals who are knowledgeable of the effects that the improper use of pesticides can have on your family. With the help of expert witnesses, you will be able to then pursue a settlement with the pest control company or the pesticide manufacturer. 

Class Action Lawsuits

When a pesticide is found to have harmed a large number of customers, they may choose to band together in a class action lawsuit. Class action lawsuits are less expensive and more likely to lead to a recovery.