What are some examples of environmental contamination leading to toxic tort cases?
Litigation for toxic torts has resulted from severe injuries and fatalities caused by exposure to asbestos, household and industrial chemical solvents, hazardous waste, medical waste, pesticides, dangerous drugs, radiation, electromagnetic energy, tobacco, toxic mold, and thimerosal.
Why are toxic tort cases so difficult to litigate?
Unlike the facts in a car accident, the information is usually very difficult to piece together and often hard to uncover. Toxic tort lawsuits usually involve a thorough investigation that may continue for a period of many years. Environmental scientists, medical professionals and other experts must be consulted to prove that a dangerous level of illegal contamination existed and that the toxic substance caused harm. Choosing an environmental contamination firm with experience may make a big difference in the outcome of a toxic tort case.
How do I know if toxic chemicals are used at my workplace?
If your job involves the use of toxic chemicals, there must be protocols in place for the safe handling of such substances, and workers should be adequately protected from their harmful effects. Your employer should have Material Safety Data Sheets on the effects and proper handling of specific chemicals. The presence of a warning, however, does not excuse an employer from liability if a hazard is discovered and worker’s compensation may be awarded if injuries occur. Proper warnings, on the other hand, can help employees avoid injury. If you are unsure about the dangers in your workplace, talk to your employer or human resources specialist.