Can Brain Injuries Be Caused By Chemical Exposure?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1.5 million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries each year in the U.S. Of these people, about 50,000 will die from their injuries and 85,000 will suffer long-term disabilities. While most brain injuries are caused by some sort of trauma, like a hard blow to the head, many people do not realize that chemical exposure can also have similar effects on the brain.

There are nearly 1,000 substances that have been identified as having neurotoxic effects. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals, in the workplace or elsewhere, can have long-lasting effects on the brain. The most dangerous of these include metals, solvents and fuels, pesticides and carbon monoxide—which can all cause neurological problems. If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury as a result of chemical exposure, contact our firm today.

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Types of Chemical Exposure that Can Affect the Brain

There are four major categories of chemical exposure that can adversely affect the brain. Of these include exposure to metals, solvents and fuels, pesticides and carbon monoxide.


Metals like lead, mercury and manganese can all have serious effects on the brain. Lead is by far the most dangerous, as it has been known to cause brain damage in developing children. Anything from paint chips to toys can cause lead exposure, which is linked to decreased motor speed and strength.

Other metals like mercury can also cause lasting brain damage—which often affects the cerebellum, basal ganglia and visual centers of the occipital lobe. Exposure to mercury can result in breathing problems, mental dulling and a decrease in motor functions. Manganese can also cause similar problems.

Solvents & Fuels

Solvents and fuels like glues, paints and thinners have all been known to cause neurological problems. If you are exposed to any of these dangerous chemicals, you could experience dizziness, fatigue, headaches and confusion. In some cases, it can also lead to an altered sense of smell and memory problems.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide poisoning, like lead poisoning, is one of the most common types of chemical exposure in the United States. Unfortunately, it actually happens frequently. Carbon monoxide is released through the combustion of fossil fuels, which is something that most people are exposed to every day.

Since we as humans have no way of detecting carbon monoxide in the atmosphere through our senses, most people who are exposed will not realize it until it is too late. Once you have been exposed beyond the threshold level, you will eventually lose consciousness due to a lack of oxygen to the brain.


Exposure to various pesticides can either occur by breathing in gases or absorbing the chemicals through your skin. There are countless pesticides that have known neurotoxic effects on humans. If you are exposed, you could experience blurred vision, slurred speech, difficulty walking, organ failure and more.

Millions Recovered for Brain Injury Victims in Boston

If you or someone you love has suffered a brain injury as a result of chemical exposure, you should waste no time in speaking with the Boston brain injury lawyers at Abraham & Associates, P.C. With nearly two decades of experience and a track record that includes millions of dollars recovered for past clients, our firm is equipped with the experience and know-how to successfully represent your claim. Don't wait to give us a call.

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