Toxic chemicals may cause harm when they contact the skin, are swallowed, or are inhaled. Skin contact may cause burns or rashes. Breathing in toxic chemicals can damage the lungs. Toxic chemical exposure can also cause cancer, brain, and neurological damage, birth defects, or disfigurement.
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Personal Injury Lawsuits for Toxic Chemical Exposure
If you were harmed by exposure to toxic chemicals, you may be able to sue if the exposure was caused by someone else’s negligence. If the exposure happened at work, you may be able to sue if an individual or company other than your employer was negligent. This is called a “third party” lawsuit.
“Negligence” is a legal concept that has to do with responsibility. Someone is negligent if they have a duty to avoid harming other people, but they fail to do so. Proving negligence is an important part of a personal injury case. Another crucial part of the case is proving that exposure to toxic chemicals is what caused the harm.
Proving negligence and proving that the exposure caused the harm requires that your lawyer find and present technical medical and scientific evidence. This requires a great deal of knowledge of the relevant law and science and the ability to work with medical experts. This is not a job for a general practice lawyer who has never handled these kinds of cases before. Instead, you should consult an attorney who has experience with toxic chemical exposure cases.
If you win a personal injury claim for toxic chemical exposure, you may receive payment for your expenses and losses relating to the injury caused by the exposure. This may include payment for your medical bills, any lost income and, sometimes, compensation for your pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Compensation may include not only your past and current losses and expenses but also medical expenses and lost income stemming from the chemical exposure that is expected to continue. If a family member has died because of toxic chemical exposure, you may be able to sue for the loss of their life.
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Lawsuits Against Toxic Chemical Manufacturers
If you or a loved one were harmed by toxic chemical exposure, a lawyer can help you make sure that you know about all your options. People, especially if they are injured at work, often don’t realize they may be able to file a lawsuit against a third party or a manufacturer.
The costs of dealing with a toxic chemical injury can, unfortunately, be very high and they can extend into the future for many years — sometimes for a lifetime. You deserve to get all the help you are legally entitled to so that you can deal with these expenses.
Experienced toxic chemical exposure attorneys have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue these complex and technical cases. They work with medical and scientific experts to get the evidence needed to reach a fair settlement or to present a strong case at trial.
If you think you may have a claim for toxic chemical exposure, you should contact an experienced lawyer right away. The longer you wait, the harder it may become to get the evidence that you need. Over time, documents get lost, and witnesses start to forget what happened. We invite you to contact us today to set up a free consultation. We would be glad to answer any questions you have, evaluate your claim, and talk about your options.