Toxic tort refers to an area of litigation involved with toxic substances and the human health effects they cause. A toxic tort is an injury caused by contact with a toxic substance, such as mold, lead paint, asbestos, benzene, or any known carcinogen. Toxic torts are often the result of unsafe workplace practices, inadequate ventilation, insufficient personal protection, poor building design, or low quality or incorrectly used building materials. Litigation in this area has grown immensely in recent years due to increased environmental awareness and greater knowledge of the health problems certain harmful substances can cause people.
Toxic tort cases can be particularly challenging. There are often multiple responsible parties, multiple jurisdictional and venue issues, and any legal action must consider all sources of potential liability. Toxic tort litigation can require collaboration with medical specialists, environmentalists, or other specialists to properly build a case, so it is important that you seek the help of a qualified toxic tort lawyer if feel you’ve been harmed.
Unlike many other types of liability claims, there is often no single event causing the harm. With toxic torts, the harm generally comes from long-term exposure to a chemical. As a result, toxic tort cases often require a knowledgeable attorney to establish difficult issues related to causation.
Those who have suffered the harmful health effects of toxic substances may be eligible to receive compensation for past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and earning capacity, and more. If you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of exposure to a toxic substance, please contact us for a free consultation and make sure your legal rights are fully upheld.