Ethylene glycol ethers comprise a large group of solvents used for industrial purposes as well as within the home. The vapors emitted by ethylene glycol ether compounds span from odorless to quite strong in aroma. One form of ethylene glycol ether many people are familiar with is acetate-based fingernail polish remover – ethylene glycol is also found in dyes, inks, paints, stains, varnishes, and many specialized cleaning products and perfumes.
The most common means of exposure to ethylene glycol ethers is by breathing in the fumes, although contact exposure on the skin can be just as much of an issue. Ethylene glycol ethers are quickly absorbed by the skin so a splash or spill may leave no lasting mark on the skin, even though a risky amount of it could be absorbed internally. Similar to how the strength of aroma can vary, so too can the toxicity of these ethylene glycol ethers.
Tragically, exposure to ethylene glycol ethers during pregnancy has long been suspected of increasing the risk of congenital malformations. There have been many cases of birth defects that have come up as a result of sustained exposure to these ethylene glycol ethers, either occupationally or otherwise.
If ethylene glycol ethers were responsible for your injury or the birth defect of a loved one, you may legally deserve compensation for your losses, which could include:
We know how expensive, emotionally damaging, and physically traumatic injuries like these can be can be. We also know that product companies must be held responsible for their errors in order to create a safer and more just world. We want to stand up with you against these negligent businesses to make certain that these mistakes don’t harm future patients.
It can be difficult to know if post-surgery complications were caused by a defective product or agent, such as ethylene glycol ethers in paint, cleaners, or other products. The best way to learn more about your case is to speak with an experienced defective medical device attorney about the details of your case.
At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to helping those harmed by negligent medical device companies. One of the ways we show our dedication is by offering those affected by ethylene glycol ethers a free, private consultation with one of our attorneys. To schedule your meeting, please contact us today via contact form or call (617) 362-4713.