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.