Exposure to toxic chemicals and substances – whether at work, in public, or at home – can be very hazardous to your health. When manufacturers, property owners, and employers who manufacture, store, or transport hazardous substances fail in their duties, they may expose us to serious risks. Toxic exposure can ruin your health, damage your future, and turn your life upside down.
If you have been injured due to toxic exposure, the law firm of Harford P.C., is here to help you. At Harford P.C., we understand the damage that toxic exposure can cause, and we’re here to help you get the justice and compensation that you deserve. At our firm, each toxic exposure case is handled personally by Mr. Harford, and he’ll use his deep experience to pursue the compensation you need. When you’ve been injured by toxic exposure, we can help.
At Harford P.C., we’ll never send you a bill that you need to pay out of pocket, and we’ll only collect expenses and fees if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Don’t wait to take action on your claim. For a free consultation, call us or contact us online now.
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How Our Attorney Can Help with Your Toxic Exposure Claim
Toxic exposure cases can be challenging to prove, so it’s important to have a knowledgeable and experienced toxic exposure attorney on your side. An attorney can help you in many ways, from investigating and building your claim to representing you in court.
Some of the ways that a lawyer can help include:
- Building your claim. A toxic exposure claim can be challenging to prove because in many cases the victim never saw or smelled the toxic substance. However, these substances can do real harm. As part of your claim, you’ll need to show that the substance was harmful, that you were exposed to it, and that the responsible parties should be held accountable. This may require the use of medical records, witness statements, expert testimony, documentation showing chains of custody, and many other types of records and evidence. A toxic exposure attorney knows what documents and support a claim needs, and can gather the evidence you need while you focus on your health.
- Negotiating with insurance companies and liable parties. These negotiations can be very technical and very involved. You’ll need to know the law, what you’re entitled to, and you’ll need to support your position with strong evidence. A toxic exposure attorney can deal with insurance companies and responsible parties, and can fight for you and the recovery you deserve throughout the process.
- Litigating your case, if necessary. If negotiations prove fruitless and your case has to go to court, an attorney can handle everything needed for litigation. Strategy, legal filings, court appearances, and more may be involved. Court can be a confusing and time-consuming process, and a toxic exposure attorney will zealously advocate for you and the recovery you deserve.
These are only a few of the ways that a lawyer can help. If you have been injured due to toxic exposure, contact us today for a free claim review and more information about your best legal options.
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Toxic Exposure?
There are many parties who may be held responsible in a toxic exposure case. This includes manufacturers, suppliers, property owners, workplace managers, and many others. However, it can be challenging to determine who was responsible in a specific case. It will take careful investigation and review to make the determination, and a lawyer can help you throughout the process.
Manufacturers and developers of a substance are often responsible for toxic exposure injuries. These groups are typically responsible for hazardous toxic substances that they produce, and when it is unreasonably dangerous, you may be able to hold them accountable for their products.
Suppliers of a toxic substance may also be held responsible. Although suppliers usually have no role in the development or manufacture of a product, suppliers still have duties to protect you. In many cases, they shouldn’t supply unreasonably dangerous substances, and they must take care when transporting or providing any toxic substance
Property owners may be liable if you’re injured due to toxic exposure. When a property owner invites you onto their property, they take on duties to ensure your safety. This means they must take steps to mitigate dangers on their property, such as mold in the walls, bacteria in the cooling system, asbestos, and many other dangerous conditions on a property that may harm you.
Contractors and others who may expose you to toxic substances could be held liable. In some cases, contractors and others don’t take the safety precautions that they should. They may carelessly expose you to toxic substances such as mold in the walls, asbestos, toxic fumes, and others. When contractors don’t take their safety obligations seriously, you may be the one who ends up hurt.
These parties, among others, may be held liable for your injuries. Every case is unique, so a lawyer can review the facts and advise you on how to proceed. If you’ve been exposed to a toxic substance and you’ve suffered injuries, contact us today for a free initial consultation.
Evidence in Toxic Exposure Claims
Toxic exposure claims must be built on a strong foundation of evidence. While every case is unique, generally you’ll need to show that the substance was toxic, that you were exposed to it, and that your injuries resulted from the exposure. This can be challenging, detailed work, but an experienced toxic exposure attorney can guide you through the evidence your claim may need.
To prove the toxicity of a substance, you’ll need to bring together expert testimony and reports that discuss the dangers of a substance. Chemical engineers, doctors, and other experts may be involved. You’ll also need to pull together any reports on the dangerous nature of the substance if they are available. If a substance is not currently known to be toxic, you may have to prove the toxicity of the substance, again through expert review and reports.
You’ll also need to show that you were exposed to the substance. You’ll need records that show you were in the vicinity of the substance and that you came in contact with it. For example, if you attended a conference in a venue with toxic mold, you could use witnesses and conference records to show that you were in the venue and exposed to the mold.
You will also need to demonstrate how the exposure harmed you. While it may seem like exposure to a toxic substance should be enough to recover, it isn’t always the case. Other causes may result in your injury, so you’ll need to prove the link between your exposure and your injuries. Medical professionals and others can analyze your symptoms and document the connection between exposure and your injury.
A lawyer may use these and many other types of evidence in your case. If you have questions, speak with a toxic exposure attorney today.
Compensation for Toxic Exposure Injuries
When you’re injured, you may have questions about how and what you can recover. In toxic exposure cases, many types of compensation may be available, and a lawyer can advise you on your options. Some of the most common types of compensation include:
- Medical bills, now and in the future. When you’re exposed to toxic substances, you may be facing a lifetime of health problems and medical treatment. A toxic exposure claim may include the cost of treating your injuries immediately after the exposure, and any medical costs stemming from your injuries in the future. This may include hospital bills, therapy, and other expenses related to the management and treatment of your injuries.
- Lost wages following the exposure and lost earning capacity in the future. After you’re exposed to a toxic substance, you may be out of work for quite a while. A toxic exposure claim may include compensation for any wages or income that you lose as a result of the exposure. The claim may also include compensation for your lost future earning capacity if your injuries prevent you from returning to work.
- Pain and suffering. After you’re exposed to toxic chemicals, you may suffer long-term physical and mental pain that can harm your life. This harm is real and can reduce the quality of your life and prevent you from taking part in the activities you enjoy.
These and many other types of damage may apply in your case. If you have questions about your options for recovery, speak with a toxic exposure attorney today.
Types of Toxic Exposure Cases Our Firm Handles
At Harford P.C., we are ready to help with a wide range of toxic exposure claims. We’re dedicated to your recovery, and throughout the claim process, we’ll put our experience to work for you.
Our firm is proud to represent clients who have suffered injuries from:
- Asbestos/Cancer. Asbestos was commonly used as an insulator, and those involved in the manufacture and installation of asbestos face increased risks of lung cancer. When asbestos is being removed from a building, it’s critical to have proper abatement procedures in place to minimize the risk to workers and those in surrounding areas. Even the slightest exposure to respirable asbestos fibers can result in asbestos-related cancers, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, or colon cancer.
- Foodborne Illness. Foodborne illness is typically caused by bacteria that should not be present. In most cases, the illness is preventable, and a lack of safety or food handling procedures are the cause of the contamination. If you’ve been harmed by a foodborne illness, a lawyer can help you understand your options for recovery.
- Legionnaires’ Disease/Legionella pneumophila. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a common type of bacteria that grows in warm water. Cooling systems that rely on water towers are an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria. When property owners and organizations fail to maintain their water and cooling systems, it can easily lead to dangerous levels of bacteria that can harm you.
- Roundup® Weed Killer/Cancer. Roundup and other weed killers may elevate your risk of developing illnesses such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, respiratory problems, and other serious conditions. Harford P.C. is committed to helping those injured by Roundup® and other weed killers pursue the compensation they need to move forward.
- Tricholoroethylene (TCE). TCE is an industrial solvent that was used in many commercial settings. TCE has been deemed a carcinogen and has been linked to central nervous system problems including loss of motor coordination, dizziness, and many other problems.
If you’ve been exposed to these toxic substances, call us for a free initial consultation about your claim.
How Long Do You Have to File a Toxic Exposure Claim?
In New York, individuals who have been harmed by exposure to toxic substances usually have three years to file their claim for injuries. However, if an individual passes away as a result of the exposure, others may bring a wrongful death claim within two years of the person’s death. If you, or someone you love, have been exposed to toxic substances, don’t wait to take action.
These deadlines may seem like plenty of time, but a toxic exposure claim can take more time to develop than you may think. Toxic exposure cases require huge amounts of detailed evidence that can take time to gather and produce. Never wait to contact us if you have been exposed to a toxic substance and suffered injuries.
Legal Help for People Harmed by Toxic Exposure
When you’re injured by exposure to a toxic substance, take action and get your claim started today. At Harford P.C., we understand how serious toxic exposure injuries are, and we’ll act quickly to secure your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. No matter how you were harmed, we’re here to help you.
When you need to pursue a toxic exposure claim, contact Harford P.C. There are no fees or expenses unless we recover compensation for you. You’ll never get a bill you have to pay out-of-pocket. For a free consultation about your case, call us or contact us online today.