Jersey City, NJ – 10 Injured, Building Evacuated Following Chemical Incident on Bergen Ave
Jersey City, NJ (September 14, 2022) – Four firefighters from Jersey City and six residents were hospitalized with eye irritation and respiratory problems after a tenant released a chemical spray inside a four-story apartment building on Tuesday, September 13th.
The incident took place at about 5:00 p.m. in the 500th block of Bergen Avenue in Jersey City. First responders and HAZMAT units responded to the scene for reports of a noxious odor. Some tenants were able to evacuate the building while others stayed in their units and opened their windows.
The residents and firefighters were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Officials said the chemical irritant is believed to be bear mace that was released on the fourth floor.
The incident is under investigation.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Toxic Tort Cases in New Jersey
If you sustained an illness or injury after being exposed to a toxic substance, you may be eligible to file a toxic tort claim against the person or entity responsible.
Toxic torts car stem from:
- Residential Exposure: People are routinely exposed to harmful substances in their homes and communities. This exposure can come from someone’s irresponsible handling of a hazardous product, a spill, or a leak that contaminates food, water, or air. During residential fires, the burning of toxic substances stored inside the home can cause widespread illness or disease.
- Pharmaceutical Medications: The pharmaceutical industry has a duty to make sure that its drugs are safe for use by consumers. Unfortunately, these companies often put profit ahead of public safety and allow dangerous medications to be sold. There are numerous pharmaceuticals that have inflicted serious illnesses upon those who took them believing they were safe.
- Exposure at Work: Workers exposed to hazardous materials or chemicals in the course of doing their jobs have a much higher chance of developing a workplace illness, including life-threatening and debilitating diseases. For example, workers might be routinely exposed to Asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma, a terminal kind of cancer.
Toxic tort claims enable injured parties to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages.
The attorneys at Metro Law work diligently to ensure families have their legal rights protected so they can move forward from the tragic and unexpected loss of a loved one. Contact our hazardous chemical attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 460-6476 to see how we can help you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.