SHREVEPORT TOXIC TORT LAWYER
Toxic Tort Litigation Attorneys in Shreveport, Louisiana
When large corporations or negligent entities don’t follow safety protocols, workers and consumers can be exposed to toxic or harmful substances, such as mold or asbestos. These dangerous substances can cause a lifetime of damage. Whether the act was intentional or if it happened due to negligence, exposure to toxic substances can lead to bodily damage, long-term illness, permanent side effects, or death.
If you or a loved one were injured from black mold or toxic exposure in Shreveport, Louisiana, the personal injury lawyers at Greenwald Law Firm can help.
What is a Toxic Tort?
Toxic tort law is a critical area of tort litigation within our society. Private citizens are able to seek financial recompense as compensation for their injury. The compensation received by an individual through a toxic tort claim can be beneficial for victims that sustained injuries due to toxic substances. Additionally, toxic tort cases often serve as a deterrent for defendants to not repeat the same act again.
Toxic tort cases can be difficult to win. However, they are extremely important to individual victims of toxic materials as well as to society, as a whole.
The presence of harmful chemicals and toxic substances is ubiquitous in today’s society. We’re in regular contact with some of these daily, and we still don’t completely understand the long-term effects of some pollutants.
Toxic tort claims are uniquely important because they are often the vehicle through which the risks of exposure to toxic chemicals, toxic substances or pollutants are addressed publicly.
Types of Toxic Tort Cases
Illness resulting from exposure to toxic products or toxic mold often causes long-term or fatal injury. There are several examples of toxic torts. A few of these include:
- Pesticides that contain toxic chemicals that cause cancer or respiratory disease
- Prescription drugs that haven’t undergone enough safety testing or don’t provide adequate warnings to potentially dangerous or deadly side effects
- Lead-based paints used in serving dishes and children’s toys
- Hazardous chemicals or waste materials due to property contamination
- Tobacco products
- Toxic chemicals used to strengthen metals, such as Beryllium
- Toxic cleaning products or solvents, such as Trichloroethane
- Asbestos exposure, typically from renovating older buildings
- Black mold exposure
While there are hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals and compounds that can cause illness, some chemicals and molds are more common and deadly than others. The most common types of substances that can physical injury include:
- Talcum powder
Injuries Caused By Toxic Exposure
Toxic exposure can lead to a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. Most of these are serious, while some of these are fatal. Not every person who is exposed to toxic mold, toxic chemicals, or toxic solutions will get sick. But, when toxic or chemical exposure causes illness, the injured will be greatly affected.
Some of the serious injuries and illnesses that are commonly associated with contaminated or toxic substances include but aren’t limited to:
Aplastic Anemia is a very rare blood disorder that occurs when a person’s body cannot produce enough new blood cells. While the condition is rare, it may be caused by viral infections and autoimmune disorders. Aplastic anemia may be triggered when a person is exposed to toxic chemicals found in gasoline or pesticides, namely Benzene.
Asbestosis is linked to asbestos exposure. The condition is caused by scarred lung tissue. Symptoms of aplastic anemia include shortness of breath and a dry cough that doesn’t go away.
In general, this condition doesn’t manifest for 10-40 years after the original exposure to toxic substances.
Asthma is a fairly common condition in which inflamed airways cause shortness of breath. Asthma can be triggered by a range of factors, such as genetics or allergies. But, in some causes, exposure to irritants, such as toxic elements or molds can cause asthma to worsen.
Those with preexisting breathing conditions are advised to avoid chemical plants to decrease the chances of asthma episodes.
Bronchiolitis Obliterans is an irreversible lung disease. It can cause obstruction of your lung’s smallest airways. Those with Bronchiolitis Obliterans suffer with chronic shortness of breath, dry cough, and wheezing.
It is caused when a person inhales toxic or irritating compounds. The most common culprit is diacetyl, a butter flavoring used in microwavable popcorn.
This comes in many forms. Some forms are easier to pinpoint the specific toxic substances that caused the disease. There are over 130 well-known cancer-causing substances present in consumer products and workplaces. So, it isn’t surprising that cancer is one of the most common outcomes of exposure to toxic substances, toxic black mold, or other molds.
Hodgkin’s disease, or Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is a more rare form of cancer that can occur from genetics or from chronic exposure to certain pesticides.
Leukemia can be caused by extended exposure to benzene. Benzene is used in oil refineries, chemical plants, shoe manufacturing, and in rubber and gasoline related injuries. It is also found in gas and motor vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke, cleaning products, certain types of glues, detergents, paints and other art supplies.
Mesothelioma is an extremely rare and deadly form of cancer. It is linked exclusively to asbestos exposure. Victims may not start displaying symptoms for 10-40 years after the exposure, making it difficult to pursue damages without the help of a personal injury or tort lawyer.
Parkinson’s disease is a disease that gets progressively worse, over time. It causes motor issues and tremors, and in some cases, dementia. While the natural causes of Parkinson’s disease aren’t fully understood, studies show that chemical exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) or perchloroethylene (PERC) can drastically increase a person’s risk.
Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)
Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome, commonly known as RADS, causes chronic wheezing and shortness of breath. RADS can be triggered by a single chemical exposure to toxic substances in high volumes. A person can be exposed to irritant gasses, aerosols, or fumes from chlorine, ammonia, smoke or sulfur dioxide.
This syndrome is known for being extremely damaging and fatal for all victims.
Silicosis is essentially fibrosis of the lungs. It is brought on by exposure to silica dust that is often found in foundries, mines, or glass manufacturing plants.
How Does Toxic Exposure Occur?
How and when a person is at risk for developing an injury or disease from toxic or harmful substances varies greatly.
Typically, prolonged exposure occurs in the workplace, where workers are consistently in a dangerous environment. The vast majority of legal clients for toxic class actions are victims of workplace chemical exposure.
However, in some cases, exposure can take place inside the home, especially in the case of toxic black mold. Individuals who live in older homes or in humid areas are more prone to toxic mold. Those who reside near sites that are contaminated or those who have a family member who is involved in a high-risk industry may also suffer the effects of toxic substances.
In any case, toxic exposure can occur through one of four vehicles: absorption, inhalation, ingestion, or injection.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney for Your Toxic Tort Claim
Toxic tort cases are typically unusually complex. Even for chemical exposure experts, many times, causation is difficult to prove in toxic tort cases. Additionally, large-scale polluters and manufacturers of toxic chemicals have the means to heavily defend themselves in court, so that they can avoid liability for any other individual who may have been affected by their negligence.
Toxic tort lawyers have the ability to look at your unique circumstances and know whether or not you should pursue the case or not and whether you should bring the lawsuit against a single defendant or group of defendants.
Retaining a Louisiana toxic tort attorney will improve your chances of winning your toxic tort case. Your lawyer will act as your advocate, helping you navigate through the complex legal issues to come.
At Greenwald Law Firm, our Shreveport personal injury lawyers will seek maximum compensation for injuries caused by toxic exposure. Workers and victims of toxic harm can recover financial compensation for damages including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Current and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Shreveport, Louisiana Toxic Tort Lawyers
Our Shreveport personal injury attorneys have been trying toxic tort claims for decades and have the experience, confidence, and financial stability needed to take on large corporations.
If you or a loved one has become ill due to toxic exposure, the personal injury lawyers at Greenwald Law Firm can help you fight to secure the financial compensation that you and your family deserves. Our attorneys know how to handle complex litigation and are ready to discuss your legal options.
We operate on a contingency fee basis so you won’t pay anything unless your toxic tort claim is successful. Call us at 318-219-7867 today for your free consultation with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Greenwald Law Firm LLC has experience representing clients across Louisiana for almost 20 years. If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18 wheeler accident, know your legal rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at 318-219-7867.