Chemical and toxic exposure can disrupt and endanger the lives of individuals who are exposed to hazardous materials in their work environment, homes or public places. When a legal action is brought on behalf of people injured by a harmful substance, it is known as a toxic tort. Toxic tort can apply to anything from rental property asbestos, which can cause malignant mesothelioma, to illnesses from the use of Roundup, a pesticide that can cause non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Civil or criminal liability can be established for individuals and companies whose negligence has led to creating the unsafe or toxic conditions. An individual lawsuit or a class action filed by a group of injured people may bring a settlement or a favorable verdict which will provide compensation for injury and damages suffered by toxic tort victims, allowing them to regain their health and financial stability, perhaps even relocating to a safer environment. Manufacturers of dangerous chemicals – for example, Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup – can be held responsible for the injuries caused by their products.
At the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler, we bring a high level of both competence and concern to every case of personal injury we handle in Maryland and the District of Columbia. When citizens are harmed by corporations or others who allow the release of toxic substances into our air, water or homes, they know Steve Heisler, The Injury Lawyer, will stand up for their rights to a healthful environment. For a free evaluation of an injury or illness which you suspect is linked to a dangerous substance, call (410) 625-4878 or use our online inquiry form.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Toxic torts result from negligence on the part of employers, corporations, property owners, and other individuals whose actions lead to permanent and often life-threatening injuries and illnesses. Some of the illnesses linked to exposure to toxins are:
- Organ damage (liver, brain, kidneys)
- Lung diseases like mesothelioma
- Nerve damage
- Cancers, including leukemia
- Respiratory illnesses
- Birth defects
- Reproductive problems
- Loss of motor skills.
Harmful Toxins in the Workplace
A wide variety of substances have been found to be harmful to human health, and they’re found in many places. Some dangerous chemicals are most likely to be used in industrial settings, exposing workers to unacceptable hazards. Maritime workers, miners, construction and demolition tradesmen, factory workers, plumbers and even nail salon techs may be exposed to dangerous substances such as:
- Heavy metals
- Oil spills
- Carbon monoxide
Toxins in the Home
It’s frightening for homeowners to find that their safe havens may also be harboring toxic substances that could cause serious illness. Whether the problem stemmed from the actions or inactions of a landlord, a contractor, an HVAC manufacturer or installer, or a nearby industrial activity, when a family’s home, water or air are poisoned, the responsible party should be held accountable in a court of law and the injured persons compensated. Some of the conditions that could be harmful in a residential setting are:
- Fire retardants in furniture or carpeting
- Lead paint
- Water contaminated by fracking operations
- Air pollution by power plants
- Release of hazardous materials from a truck or train collision
Some toxic injuries are suffered by individuals of single residences, but some felt by an entire community.
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Filing Toxic Tort Legal Claims
One problem inherent in toxic tort cases is that the harm suffered is not always immediately apparent. While a chemical spill or explosion is likely to produce obvious and sudden injury, some toxic substances have long latency periods and their effects may not become evident for months or even years. State statutes of limitation, or deadlines, for filing personal injury claims related to toxic torts begin at the moment the injury is discovered. This means that time is of the essence for those looking to bring manufacturers and negligent individuals to justice while obtaining the compensation they deserve. Contact Steve Heisler as soon as you begin to suffer the harmful effects of a toxic substance in your workplace or home.
Your Baltimore toxic tort attorney can help evaluate your claim, get in touch with expert witnesses, conduct a thorough investigation, and negotiate the discovery and court processes necessary to successful verdicts and settlements. Toxic tort cases are complex, touching on legal, medical and scientific issues. Steve Heisler’s multiple decades of experience have led to working relationships with the expert witnesses who will be critical to your case: physicians, epidemiologists, toxicologists, forensic economists, environmental scientists.
If you’re looking for a toxic torts attorney with experience, a successful track record and a reputation as an aggressive and competent advocate for personal injury victims in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia, look no further – the Law Offices of Steven H. Heisler focus on recovery for personal injury victims, including those who sustain toxic torts. Contact us today for a completely confidential no-cost case evaluation.
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