Exposure to toxic chemicals and gases is one of the most common causes of acquired brain injuries (ABI). A quick diagnosis, limiting exposure, and treatment helps many people recover from this type of ABI. Chronic and continued exposure or severe cases can cause lasting damage and even death.
Some Chemicals and Gases Can Cause Toxic Encephalopathy
Many toxic chemicals and gases are everyday products you may come into contact with regularly, including:
- Cleaners and solvents
- Building materials
- Air fresheners
- Perfume or cologne
Exposure typically occurs by inhaling the chemical or gas, although in some cases they are consumed or even applied intentionally. Most of these chemicals are relatively safe in small amounts but may become toxic in larger concentrations.
Symptoms of Toxic Exposure to Chemicals and Gases
Prolonged or toxic exposure to chemicals and gases causes toxic encephalopathy, an acquired brain injury that may or may not be reversible. Toxic encephalopathy generally presents with an altered mental state.
Toxic encephalopathy can be acute or chronic. Both include persistent changes in the way the brain works, with symptoms such as:
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained fatigue
In some cases, when the toxic chemical is identified early on, limiting exposure can help you return to normal. In other cases, years of regular exposure have a cumulative effect on the brain and the consequences could be permanent.
Treating Toxic Encephalopathy After Exposure to Chemicals and Gases
Treatment of toxic encephalopathy mostly focuses on treating the symptoms. The person’s recovery depends on many factors and can be difficult to predict. Treatment for this type of exposure and the resulting ABI may include:
- Stopping exposure to the toxic chemical and other dangerous chemicals
- Anticonvulsants to reduce seizures and tremors
- Treatment of clinical depression
- Counseling to develop strategies to help the patient focus and concentrate
- Dialysis, if necessary
- Organ replacement, if necessary
While ABIs are sometimes reversible, many people struggle with related impairments for years, and others never recover. It is important to note that exposure to toxic chemicals and gases can even be deadly in the most serious cases.
Recovering Compensation for Your Toxic Exposure Acquired Brain Injury
If you or a loved one suffered an acquired brain injury related to toxic exposure, you may be able to hold the chemical manufacturer or another liable party responsible. For more than 20 years, the brain injury attorneys from Newsome | Melton have fought for the rights of brain injury victims. We can help you understand your rights and legal options.
We offer free case reviews. Contact us today at (800) 917-5888 to discuss your acquired brain injury with a member of our team.