Environmental & Toxic Tort
A toxic tort is a specific type of personal injury that occurs as a result of the exposure to toxic materials or chemicals. The most common toxic tort cases involve those in which the plaintiff claims to have been exposed to toxic chemicals as a result of their occupation or toxic pharmaceutical drugs.
Occupational toxic tort cases occur more often than any other simply due to the fact that industrial workers are more likely to suffer from long-term exposure to toxic chemicals than consumers or residents.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring material that is commonly used in construction. It is very strong and has a high resilience to heat, which is why it was mostly used as an insulation material. Although asbestos worked well for this purpose, it was soon discovered that long-term exposure and/or inhalation of asbestos resulted in respiratory diseases, such as mesothelioma. The cases brought by those who developed diseases after being exposed to asbestos are toxic tort cases.
Diseases caused by exposure to toxic materials, such as asbestos, can be life changing. If you have suffered due to exposure to any toxic material or chemical you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers The Cochran Firm, with offices across the country, can help you file a personal injury case against the party, or parties, responsible. You may be awarded damages covering your medical expenses, lost wages, future lost wages, and more losses you have suffered.
Toxic tort cases can also be brought against pharmaceutical companies, drug manufacturers, or even prescribing doctors. These are cases in which the plaintiff alleges he was exposed to toxic pharmaceutical drugs and suffered an injury or death as a result. These cases differ from medical malpractice cases, however, in that they are products liability cases. The defective products involved in these cases are the drugs. Pharmaceutical drugs are often recalled after their negative side effects are discovered. However, these recalls, issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are often too late, and people have been injured as a result of defective pharmaceutical drugs.
Environmental Law Factors
Some common chemicals that have resulted in toxic tort cases include: