We are very experienced in toxic tort litigation, and we fight hard for the rights of people who have been injured or harmed due to exposure to chemicals in products or the workplace. We recognize that the negligence of others is responsible for countless illnesses, injuries and even deaths. Most toxic tort cases are associated with occupational or pharmaceutical exposure, though we represent people who have been exposed to toxic chemicals from a variety of sources.
Toxic Tort – Asbestos
Asbestos is a mineral that was used for many years in many different industries. It was also found in common household appliances and textiles. Its fibers are easily inhaled or swallowed, and it does not take much exposure before the mineral has the ability to induce harm.
Its effects were not immediately obvious to those exposed to it, because asbestos doesn’t begin to harm its victims for many years after exposure. However, once this latency period expires, asbestos exposure may result in asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma – a deadly and incurable disease.
Despite the public’s ignorance of the dangers of asbestos, companies that made and sold asbestos products were not oblivious to its hazards. They were fully aware of the illnesses and deaths associated with asbestos exposure, yet in an attempt to save money, they failed to take the proper precautions to reduce or eliminate exposure. Though asbestos exposure is not as prevalent today, some people who were exposed to the fibers as far back as the 1940s are just now developing complications.
If you or someone you know has mesothelioma, we want to help you. We’ll provide you with a free consultation and inform you of your rights and options regarding compensation for your suffering.
Toxic Tort – Benzene
Benzene is one of the most widely used chemicals in America that is also extremely dangerous to the health of those exposed to it. It is a toxic chemical solvent that is used in industrial manufacturing, though individuals who work as hair dressers, firefighters and service station attendants are also at risk for exposure.
Companies have known of Benzene’s toxicity for nearly a century, yet despite this evidence, many have continued to place the health and safety of workers at risk by failing to provide adequate warnings and take adequate precautions.
Individuals exposed to benzene are at risk for developing deadly illnesses, such as acute myeloid leukemia – a rare blood cancer.
If you’ve been exposed to benzene in the workplace and have since developed a benzene-related illness, let us fight for you.
Toxic Tort – Silica
Crystalline silica is a basic component of soil, sand, granite, and many other minerals. Quartz is the most common form of crystalline silica. Cristobalite and tridymite are two other forms of crystalline silica. All three forms may become respirable size particles when workers chip, cut, drill, or grind objects that contain crystalline silica.
Silica exposure remains a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling. The seriousness of the health hazards associated with silica exposure is demonstrated by the fatalities and disabling illnesses that continue to occur in sandblasters and rockdrillers. Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Additionally, breathing crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, which in severe cases can be disabling, or even fatal. The respirable silica dust enters the lungs and causes the formation of scar tissue, thus reducing the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen. There is no cure for silicosis. Since silicosis affects lung function, it makes one more susceptible to lung infections like tuberculosis.