A toxic tort is a legal claim that’s used when a victim has suffered harm as a result of being exposed to substances such as pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals, and more. In some instances, substances that were thought to be safe turn out to be harmful, and in other instances harmful substances can leak out via ventilation systems and other outlets, causing harm to individuals who come in contact. Because of the dangerous effects that the substances pose on people, toxic tort litigation was created in order to protect those that have been harmed.
When filing a toxic tort claim, you must prove that you were damaged after exposure to harmful substances. Typically, harmful exposures comes from:
- Consumer Products: Products such as insect repellents and other goods used in the household.
- Pharmaceutical Drugs: Side effects that were not mentioned or warned about can cause harm when used.
- Work Exposure: This occurs when workers are exposed to toxins while on the job, such as asbestos or benzene.
Once you decide to file a lawsuit, it may be difficult to figure out who to sue. For example, should you sue the manufacturer of the product or the particular company that sold you the product? Should you sue your employer or the owner of the company? The answer will vary depending upon the circumstances of the incident. A competent toxic tort attorney will be able to answers these questions and more should you file a lawsuit. In fact, since toxic tort cases are so intricate, it’s imperative to retain legal representation.
At Ledger & Associates, our experienced toxic tort attorneys have helped countless clients win their cases and the damages they deserve. Give us a call and let us help you as well.