Many workers are exposed to dangerous levels of formaldehyde on a daily basis. It is used in many products—such as pressed wood, glues, industrial fungicides, pesticides, paints, and preservatives used by funeral homes and medical laboratories. Factory workers, laboratory technicians, scientists, and mortuary workers are especially at risk of being exposed to harmful levels of this chemical. Unfortunately, a recent study found that formaldehyde exposure is linked to an increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Funeral Workers Most At Risk of Suffering From Deadly ALS
Lou Gehrig’s disease is an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks the neurons that connect to muscles and make a person’s movements possible. As the condition gets worse, a person loses his ability to speak, move, or eat. It is almost always fatal. A recent study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found troubling links between ALS and formaldehyde exposure:
- Funeral directors were much more likely to die of ALS than other men.
- The researchers suspect the high levels of formaldehyde used in the embalming process could be responsible.
While the study did not conclusively prove that formaldehyde exposure causes ALS, it suggests a link that should be studied further. This is important not only to protect the nearly 150,000 funeral workers in the United States, but also those in other high-risk industries who could develop this deadly disease.
Chemical Exposure Can Require Workers' Comp
If you have developed ALS and believe it was caused by formaldehyde exposure, you may be entitled to your lost wages and medical bills under New Jersey’s workers’ compensation. I understand how devastating this disease can be and I am here to help you get the benefits you could be entitled to. Call me at 877-360-0183 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.