Environmental toxins are any chemical in the environment that is poisonous to humans. While naturally occurring substances like mold can be toxic, the majority of the environmental toxins that are the subjects of litigation are man-made substances such as lead paint. These chemicals are or were once used in consumer products, manufacturing or other industrial uses, but escaped into the air, water or soil, where they can poison entire communities. Long-term exposure to environmental toxins can cause a host of irreversible damages, including cancer, birth defects, organ damage and blood disorders. People who prove they were exposed to environmental toxins due to the negligence of others are entitled to compensation for their medical costs, loss of earning potential and suffering, as well as cleanup costs.
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• Benlate Fungicide
• Chemical Exposure
• Chinese Drywall
• Lead Poisoning, Lead Paint
• Popcorn Lung
• Soil and Water Contamination
• Toxic Mold
• Vinyl Chloride
Due to the growth of industry and a corresponding increase in the use of chemicals, the number of dangerous or toxic substances in our environment has grown immeasurably. People can be exposed to environmental toxins from groundwater or the air in their home or place of work. Family members of exposed workers may also be affected. Environmental toxins include asbestos, benlate fungicide, benzene, creosote, dioxins, lead paint, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxic mold, and vinyl chloride.
An environmental toxin case can also involve products that contain or spread environmental toxins, such as fertilizers, lead paint, asbestos, and pesticides. These products can cause health problems such as blood disorders, pregnancy complications, lung ailments, and cancers. Many of the effects of environmental toxin exposure are permanent. Often victims are not aware that the medical problems or effects they have experienced or are experiencing are directly related to exposure from an environmental toxin.
Toxic Tort Litigation
Environmental litigation often involves the complex knowledge and understanding of scientific and technical issues. This type of litigation also requires that a firm have an understanding of numerous administrative agencies and courts at the local, state, and federal levels. A plaintiff who proves that he or she was exposed to an environmental toxin due to the negligence of another person or company–a toxic tort–is entitled to compensation for all of the consequences related to the exposure, including abatement (reduction) of the environmental toxin; the cost of past and future medical care; the cost of necessary rehabilitation; loss of past and future wages; loss of earning capacity and related fringe benefits; and pain and suffering associated with the environmental toxin exposure.
If you have been exposed to an environmental toxin and have suffered injuries, you may have a legal case. If you would like to speak with a lawyer, please click the Find Attorney button at the top of the page.