Harmful levels of ethylene oxide released by Sterigenics International
Residents in Willowbrook, Illinois, may be facing a potential public health crisis after a local company was found to be releasing harmful levels of a highly toxic gas that is known to cause cancer, according the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Sterigenics International used ethylene oxide in a process to sterilize medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and food products.
Cooney & Conway is reviewing cases of serious illness related to exposure to ethylene oxide in Willowbrook and the surrounding areas. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a health concern or disease and have been exposed to the toxic air in Willowbrook from the Sterigenics facility, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Cooney & Conway for a free case evaluation. Call toll free at 800-322-5573 today or fill out the contact information form located on this page and a legal professional will respond to your inquiry.
What is Ethylene Oxide?
A flammable and highly reactive chemical, ethylene oxide is used by Sterigenics International as a sterilant for a wide range of medical equipment and supplies. The volatile substance has been on the federal list of human carcinogens since 1985. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), chronic exposure to ethylene oxide has been associated with the occurrence of:
- Breast cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Birth defects and increased risk of miscarriage
- Hodgkin’s Disease
Filing an Ethylene Oxide Lawsuit
Residents who are suffering with health issues due to exposure to ethylene oxide from the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook can seek damages for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Willowbrook residents facing serious health concerns, including increased risks of leukemia and other forms of cancers resulting from exposure to ethylene oxide by Sterigenics International, may be entitled to damages.
Call the personal injury law offices of Cooney & Conway toll free at 800-322-5573 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable representative. You can also fill out the free consultation contact information form located on this page to have all your questions answered.