Toxic Substance Exposure Lawyers
Exposure to toxic substances can result in serious illnesses or injuries. For victims of exposure to toxic and dangerous chemicals, it can tragically mean lifelong medical expenses and health issues. Depending on the nature and extent of injuries, victims can either join in toxic tort class actions or file separate claims for damages.
Toxic tort claims usually arise from the following:
- Consumer products – consumers are injured or damaged by products with hazardous materials, such as breast implants, tobacco or pesticides
- Environmental exposure– where people ingest harmful toxins in their drinking water or air
- Home exposure– individuals are in contact with these substances in their places of residence, such as lead paint, mold, mildew or fungus and formaldehyde-treated wood and carpet
- Pharmaceutical drugs – persons are prescribed medication and suffer from unintended side-effects which cause severe damage
- Workplace or Occupational Exposure – workers are exposed to dangerous toxins in their workplace, such as acetates, ammonia, asbestos, benzene, beryllium, cadmium, carbon monoxide, chlorine, creosote, dust, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, heavy metals, herbicides, isocyanates, lead, manganese, oil, pesticides, radioactive materials, roundup, silica, solvents, spills or toxic smoke inhalation
If you suspect an environmental condition or toxic exposure has caused you a serious health condition or a loved one’s death, contact us today by calling (561) 444-7980 to schedule a confidential, in-person meeting to discuss the claim and your legal options.
What are Some of the Complications from Exposure to Toxic Substances?
Exposure to toxic substances can cause devastating injuries and illnesses including, but not limited to:
- Aluminum pneumoconiosis
- Auto-immune dysfunction
- Birth defects
- Chromosomal damage
- Cognitive disabilities
- Heart disease
- Immune deficiencies
- Loss of motor skills
- Lung cancer
- Mental impairments
- Nerve damage
- Neurological deficits
- Organ damage
- Reproductive problems
- Respiratory illnesses
- Stunt growth
Who is Responsible for Toxic Tort Exposure?
The individual or entity that caused the toxic exposure and resulting injuries should be held accountable. This can include, but is not limited to the following: landlords, product manufacturers, drug or pharmaceutical companies, and industry companies such as pipeline owners, refineries, oil and gas, railroad, mining, drilling, marine, construction, chemical manufacturing, metal, coal, steel and mill, foundry, mineral and fleet owners.
How are Toxic Substance Exposure Cases Evaluated?
Toxic tort cases are complex and require a highly qualified team of experts to identify the source of the contaminant, establish a direct link to the illness, and prove that the source was negligent in using, storing, transporting or possessing the toxic substance. Retention and development of well-qualified and credible toxicologists, pulmonologists, chemists, epidemiologists, medical and biomedical engineers and/or other experts is essential to a successful claim.
What Types of Damages are Available in Toxic Exposure Injury Cases?
If you or a loved one has been injured by toxic exposure, you may be able to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Medical monitoring
- Lost wages
- Loss earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Environmental property damage
- Wrongful death damages, including loss of companionship, funeral costs and lost financial support
- Punitive damages
- Injunctive relief
- Any other damages by statute and/or deemed fair and just by the Court
Consult with an Environmental and Toxic Tort Attorney
If you believe that you or a loved one has been exposed to a toxic substance, it is important to seek legal assistance. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit seeking damages. It is also possible that your case may already be a part of an existing class action, lawsuit or MDL. Since your rights could be impacted by a statute of limitation, it is important to consult with an attorney promptly. Contact the lawyers at Barbuto & Johansson, P.A. to discuss your claim, legal rights and options. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact us today at (561) 444-7980 or fill out our online form.
Environmental and Toxic Substance Exposure Attorneys serving Wellington, Loxahatchee, Loxahatchee Groves, Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Green Acres, The Acreage, Westlake, West Palm Beach and throughout the states of Florida, California and New Jersey.