Vinyl chloride monomer, a dangerous chemical used to manufacture PVC pipe and many other household products, has been linked to a rare cancer known as liver angiosarcoma and other adverse health effects.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you got cancer or suffered other health effects from vinyl chloride exposure, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What is Vinyl Chloride Monomer?
Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) is one of the world’s most widely used commodity chemicals, used in the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe and fittings, siding, wires, cable, windows, doors, floorings, films, sheets and bottles.
What is the Vinyl Chloride Lewis Structure?
The Lewis Structure, or molecular formula, for vinyl chloride is C2H3Cl.
Does VCM go by any other Synonyms or Trade Names?
Vinyl chloride monomer may also be referred to as chloroethene, chloroethylene, ethylene monochloride, monochloroethene, monochloroethylene or VC.
What’s the Problem?
Over the past 40 years, numerous cases of a rare cancer called angiosarcoma of the liver have been diagnosed in people who were exposed to vinyl chloride monomer in the workplace. VCM has also been linked to a wide range of other severe health effects.
Which Health Effects has Vinyl Chloride Been Linked to?
- Liver cancer (angiosarcoma of the liver)
- Liver disease
- Brain cancer
- Blood and bone marrow cancers
- Vinyl chloride disease
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Inhibition of blood clotting
- Joint and muscle pain
- Skin changes (thickening of the skin, decreased elasticity, edema)
- Central nervous system (CNS) effects
- Nerve damage
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Kidney disease
- Immune system reactions
- Reproductive / developmental effects
- Birth defects
- Loss of sex drive in men
- High blood pressure
- And more
Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Yes. The law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who suffered health effects from vinyl chloride exposure in the workplace or home. If our lawyers determine that you have a valid claim, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Can I Participate in a Class Action?
In certain types of litigation, a class action lawsuit may offer some advantages to plaintiffs, as they aggregate a large number of individualized claims into one representational lawsuit, increasing efficiency of the legal process and lowering the costs of litigation. However, in complex workplace and environmental litigation, the filing of a class action may be disadvantageous, as class members are often forced into blanket “low ball settlements” and higher attorney fees. For this reason, our lawyers are only filing individual lawsuits for people who were harmed by vinyl chloride exposure.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations (SOL) is the timing deadline to file a civil case in the court of law. In most states, SOL deadlines for causes of action related to chemical exposure are 2 years from the date of the incident or notice of an injury. Cases involving exposure to toxic chemicals can present significant issues regarding the SOL, given the extended period of time a victim may have been exposed. For more information about vinyl chloride lawsuit deadlines, contact our lawyers today. Waiting to do so could prevent you from qualifying for a settlement.
Do I Have a Vinyl Chloride Lawsuit?
The Workplace and Environmental Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vinyl chloride monomer lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new toxic exposure cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were exposed to vinyl chloride monomer are were diagnosed with cancer or suffered other health effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.