Pesticides can be helpful in ridding unwanted plants, insects or micro-organisms that are harmful in some way to people. However, they can be very harmful to people at the same time. Some pesticides have been shown to have dangerous and long-lasting consequences for people, but especially children who come into contact with them.
Humans can be poisoned or injured due to pesticide exposure. You can be exposed by breathing in or swallowing the pesticide, or contact with your eyes or skin. Avoiding exposure is the best way to avoid injury, but unwitting exposure can cause the following acute effects:
- Mouth, throat and stomach burning
- Respiratory problems
- Skin harm, including blisters and cracks
- Temporary blindness or severe eye irritation
In addition, pesticide exposure can cause delayed effects due to repeated exposure to the substance:
- Fatal lung injury
- Birth defects
- Acute toxicity
Pesticide poisoning can be a personal injury case if it's due to a lack of sufficient labeling and lack of ventilation, among other acts of negligence.
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