Exposure to toxins can cause cancer, birth defects and other serious injuries. Unfortunately, toxic exposure in San Diego and the surrounding areas is a very real risk that people face. From asbestos in old buildings to chemicals leaching into the water supply, there is a very real risk of exposure when proper precautions are not taken.
If toxic exposure occurs at work, or because of the actions of a company or an individual, those who suffer harm can obtain compensation for losses. An experienced attorney at Injury Trial Lawyers, APC can help you to pursue a damage claim if you or a loved one becomes sick due to toxic exposure.
Toxic Exposure Claims Present Challenges
Exposure to toxins can have an adverse impact on the body, but often the consequences of the exposure do not become immediately apparent. It could take weeks, months or years for a person exposed to a toxic chemical to get sick as a result. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to prove claims arising from exposure to harmful chemicals or substances.
Certain toxins have been clearly linked to illnesses. Asbestos, for example, is the only cause of asbestosis and is the primary cause of mesothelioma. There are, however, many other illnesses that toxins can cause that may be more difficult to trace back to a particular hazard. For example, the specific causes of most types of cancers are unknown. When a person is exposed to a toxin that increases the risk of cancer, it can thus be difficult to prove that it was actually the chemical that led to the illness and that the cancer did not occur because of environment, genetics or unknown causes.
Because of these challenges, victims who are exposed to toxins need to ensure that they are represented by a qualified and experienced legal professional with knowledge of these complex claims. For many years, our personal injury lawyers have been standing up for the rights of those who have been harmed. We can help you to make the strongest possible case so you will have the best chance of recovering compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and wrongful death damages.
Taking Legal Action in a Toxic Exposure Case
If you were exposed to a toxin at work, you may be able to get your medical bills paid through workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp also provides disability benefits, and there is no requirement to show negligence to make a successful claim. You must simply prove that you were made sick as a direct result of your work duties.
While workers cannot sue their employers, there may also be others responsible for their toxic exposure who they can make a personal injury claim against.
A personal injury claim, or a wrongful death case, can also be brought by other victims or their family members after toxic exposure causes illness. These types of cases may settle outside of court if the company or individual responsible for the toxic exposure agrees to pay a reasonable settlement. Experienced toxic exposure attorneys at Injury Trial Lawyers can also help you to prove your claim to a jury.
To learn more and to have your case evaluated for free by a member of our legal team, call Injury Trial Lawyers, APC today. When our San Diego toxic exposure attorneys represent you, you are never charged legal fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.