Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers | Pesticide PoisoningSeptember 15, 2015
A 10-year old Florida boy remains hospitalized while his family seeks answers from the pest control company they say poisoned their son. The boy became ill shortly after the family was told by a Terminix subcontractor it was safe to return to their home, which had been tented and fumigated for a termite infestation. The boy is suffering from severe brain damage and is barely able to move or speak.
The family says they all became sick just hours after returning to their home on the evening of August 16th. But while the parents and their seven year old daughter recovered, their son only got worse. He began having uncontrollable muscle spasms, was unable to speak or stand alone and his eyes were rolling back into his head. A doctor at a local clinic quickly recognized his symptoms as poison exposure, likely from the fumigation treatment. He was taken to a local hospital where he spent nine days in the ICU. He has since been transferred to a hospital in Miami and doctors there say he may never fully recover from the brain damage he suffered.
The family has had to hire a lawyer to help them get answers from Terminix and SunLand, the company Terminix contracted with to perform the fumigation. They claim neither company has been responsive or accepted responsibility, nor been forthcoming about what chemicals were used. The family claims that information may have helped doctors provide better treatment to their son sooner.
Both of the boy’s parents have had to take time off from their jobs to stay by their son’s side. Because of this, the family is also have financial struggles on top of their emotional pain.
Terminix Implicated in Other Poisoning Cases
This is not the first time Terminix has been named in a case of pesticide poisoning. In March of this year, an entire family became gravely ill while on vacation in the Virgin Islands after their rental villa was treated with methyl bromide, a highly toxic pesticide that is not approved for use in or around residential areas. The mother, father and their two sons, all from Delaware, are still suffering the effects of the poisoning, and their prognosis is grim. The father suffers from severe paralysis and the oldest son is paralyzed from the neck down. The youngest son has been in and out of a coma, lacks sensation in his limbs, and is unable to control or move his body. The case has led to a criminal investigation of Terminix but so far, no charges have been filed.
Chemicals used by pest control companies and lawn services can be extremely toxic to humans and pets if appropriate precautions are not taken. Prolonged or acute exposure to toxic substances can create any number of serious health problems that can last a lifetime. In some cases, it may even be fatal. Children are especially susceptible to the health risks of pesticide poisoning because of their smaller size and other factors that may increase their exposure risk.
Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight For Victims of Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
If you or someone you love has been a victim of pesticide poisoning in your home, school or workplace, don’t delay getting legal help. Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have the experience and the resources necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Your initial consultation is always free because we work on a contingent fee basis; you pay nothing until we achieve a settlement. Call 800-547-4LAW (4529) today to arrange your free case review with one of our dedicated and highly skilled Maryland personal injury lawyers or contact us online.
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