A toxic tort is a legal claim for harm caused by exposure to a dangerous substance — such as a pharmaceutical drug, pesticide, or chemical. While advances in technology, manufacturing, and medicine have introduced thousands of new products into our daily lives, some of those products — and the substances they contain — can cause serious illnesses in humans. Sometimes chemicals which are thought to be safe turn out to be otherwise. Other times, substances known to be dangerous accidentally leak into the air or groundwater. Along with these new chemicals and drugs have come lawsuits — called toxic tort litigation — brought on behalf of individuals or groups of people who have been exposed to and harmed by dangerous substances.
In a toxic tort claim, the plaintiff (the person who sues) alleges that exposure to some dangerous substance caused an injury or illness. These claims are often brought on behalf of a group of people, in what is called a class action lawsuit. One example of a class action lawsuit is when a group of workers alleges exposure to asbestos while on the job. Another class action may arise when residents of a neighborhood allege that local groundwater has become contaminated by a pesticide. While class actions are common, a single individual may also bring a toxic tort lawsuit.
A toxic tort involves the exposure of individuals, often in large numbers, to harmful chemical or biological substances. When this exposure results in serious injuries or health problems and you can show that those problems were caused by the negligence or carelessness of others, the law says that those who are injured or suffered the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death are entitled to compensation. The Harrell Law Firm, PA has access to top environmental, chemical, and hazardous waste experts to pursue toxic tort cases vigorously, and our toxic tort lawyers have established a clear track record of successful results. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
Toxic Tort Substances
Toxic tort claims often derive from occupational exposure, home exposure, consumer products, and pharmaceutical drugs. Some of the toxic substances that have been shown to cause significant injury to people are:
- Lead-based paint (brain damage, especially in children),
- Asbestos (lung cancer, restrictive lung disease),
- Dry cleaning and other solvents (brain damage, major organ damage),
- Pesticides such as dioxin and DDT (birth injuries),
- Electro-magnetic fields from utility wires or major appliances (suspected cancer),
- Toxic landfill waste (leukemia, other syndromes),
- Various drugs and pharmaceuticals such as DES and tainted L-tryptophan
- Common industrial chemicals such as benzene and PCBs heavy metals and other chemicals such as mercury and arsenic.
- Toxic mold infestation– A few forms of mold are called “toxigenic,” meaning that under certain conditions they can produce small molecular toxins, called “mycotoxins.” These mycotoxins are usually spread by way of the mold’s spores and may be the cause of potentially serious health problems if ingested in sufficient quantities over time.
If you or a loved one were exposed to a toxic substance and suffered injury contact Harrell Law Firm, PA to discuss your situation in more detail and for further information about our practice. We welcome co-counsel opportunities and regularly accept referrals in toxic tort cases from lawyers practicing in other parts of the country.