A toxic tort is litigation involving injuries caused by the negligence of users, distributors, or manufacturers of toxic chemicals. In a toxic tort, the victims are often not just one or a few individuals, but entire communities that were exposed to hazardous compounds as a result of the negligent or callous actions of a few individuals.
If you and possibly others you know have been injured by toxic pollution in your community, you need help from a team of lawyers experienced in complex litigation involving numerous legal, medical, and scientific factors. The toxic tort lawyers atSchlichter, Bogard & Denton have been recognized for their leadership in pharmaceutical litigation and other types of complex lawsuits including toxic torts. Schedule a toxic tort consultation today to learn what we can do for you.
Toxic substances recently implicated in toxic tort cases include:
- Black mold & toxic mold
- Cleaning Compounds
- Heavy metals including
The sources of these dangerous pollutants include medical products, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, toxic waste dumped or spewed by chemical plants, nuclear radiation, and any toxic contamination of food or water. You may be exposed to them at work, at home, or simply through the air.
Be Part of the Solution to Toxic Pollution
New chemicals with unanticipated toxicities are always being identified. Reporting side effects experienced by you and others in your community can be a crucial part of the discovery of unknown or unreported toxic chemicals. If you suspect you have been harmed by a toxic chemical, it is important that you report the effect to local authorities or to a toxic tort attorney who may be able to help you.
Legal Matters in Toxic Torts
Toxic tort cases can be very difficult to prove. In order to be successful, a toxic tort case must prove:
- A causal link between a specific chemical and a specific injury
- The actions of the defendant that created the dangerous exposure responsible for injury
To prove these facts, we utilize the expert testimony of scientific and medical experts. The type of experts used depends on the type of case:
- Workplace exposure normally depends on experts on chemicals and their bio reactivity who can test for the presence of chemicals in the workplace.
- Environmental toxic tort cases may also rely on geologists, hydrologists, meteorologists, and others. We will establish the presence of chemicals in the air, soil, groundwater, etc, and show the pathway by which the chemical traveled from the defendant’s control to the plaintiff’s body.
It may take years to gather definitive evidence to successfully conclude a toxic tort case. Because it may take years for injuries from toxic exposure to manifest, the time frame for toxic tort cases can be decades.
Toxic torts are often run as class-action lawsuits in which the hundreds and sometimes thousands of people harmed by the toxic negligence of the defendant(s) combine their lawsuits into a single suit. In this type of case, the suit will be for a large sum of money that will be distributed to plaintiffs following a favorable verdict.
Protecting Community Health With Toxic Tort Lawsuits
These cases should be pursued:
- The receipt of compensation for the large number of people injured
- The protection of your community’s future by forcing polluters to stop their health-damaging activities
- The punishing of polluters with significant monetary losses
- Deterring other polluters by showing fiscal consequences of polluting
The benefit of a toxic tort suit extends to all of us in the form of a cleaner environment and a greater reluctance among corporations that deal with toxic chemicals to treat those chemicals carelessly. Toxic torts are a way of keeping corporations honest and respectful toward the communities that surround their facilities.
If your community has been damaged by toxic pollution in your environment, you need skilled, knowledgeable, and experienced lawyers to stand up for the rights of you and your neighbors. The lawyers at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton stand ready to pursue toxic torts in all 50 states. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation toxic tort consultation today to learn more.