A recent report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry states that the levels of ethylene oxide emissions from two Sterigenics International Inc. facilities in Willowbrook may present an elevated cancer risk to residents. Community leaders in Willowbrook have ordered Sterigenics to stop operating their local sterilization facilities until a further study can be conducted.
Sterigenics International Inc. is a global contract sterilization company and provides services for sanitizing medical devices, pharmaceuticals, food, and packaged materials. The company uses ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment. Ethylene oxide is known to cause irritation to the eyes and skin as well as nausea and vomiting. Long-term exposure to ethylene oxide has the potential to cause leukemia, stomach cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and pancreatic cancer.
Willowbrook residents have hired a law firm to investigate whether the company possessed knowledge that past or current ethylene oxide emissions pose a danger to residents. Residents, several of which have cancer or have relatives who died of cancer, suspect 34 years of exposure to the harmful substance. Attorneys will bring a lawsuit based on the company’s negligence towards residents if the investigation yields such evidence.
Those who believe a company has acted in a negligent manner and caused them severe injuries should not hesitate to reach out to the lawyers at Disparti Law Group. Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you aggressively pursue proper compensation for any damages caused by a company’s irresponsible behavior.