Dallas Toxic Tort Lawyers
Protecting the Rights of Those Exposed to Harmful Substances
Toxic tort law involves cases in which large groups of people are similarly harmed due to exposure to harmful, or toxic, substances. When this occurs, those affected have the right to take legal action against the liable party or parties and seek compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, financial losses, and more.
Our Dallas toxic tort lawyers handle a wide variety of cases involving widespread harm to individuals, families, and entire communities. At Potts Law Firm, we are not afraid to go up against powerful opponents, including major manufacturers and global corporations, that prioritize profits over public safety. We have successfully represented clients harmed by toxic pesticides, contaminated groundwater, defective medications, and other harmful chemicals. If you or someone you love suffered a severe injury, illness, or medical condition due to toxic exposure, we can help.
Call our office at (214) 238-8572 or reach us online to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team.
Examples of Common Toxic Tort Cases
Toxic tort litigation arises when more than one person is injured or otherwise harmed as a result of exposure to a toxic substance. Toxic exposure can occur anywhere, but it is most common at work. Thus, most toxic tort cases involve occupational exposure to harmful substances. This is most common in the industrial industry, though it can occur across all industries.
Some examples of common toxic tort cases include claims involving exposure to:
In addition to occupational exposure, toxic tort cases may involve secondary exposure to harmful substances. This can occur when an individual lives nearby an industrial plant or factory that improperly disposes of toxic chemicals, or when harmful building materials are used in newly manufactured homes. People can also be exposed to dangerous substances when products are improperly designed, manufactured, or distributed/sold. These types of cases are typically brought under the legal doctrine of product liability.
Injuries, Illnesses & Medical Conditions Caused by Toxic Exposure
Depending on various factors—including the type of substance, the length and severity of the exposure, preexisting medical conditions, and the victim’s overall health—being exposed to a harmful substance can lead to severe bodily injury, illnesses, infections, and other life-threatening medical conditions.
Some of the most common ailments associated with toxic exposure include:
- Cancer, such as lung cancer, leukemia, and lymphoma
- Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and bronchitis
- Skin damage and disorders
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Aplastic anemia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS)
These and other medical conditions can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their loved ones. Nearly all will require medical care, and many will suffer permanent disabilities and impairments due to these conditions. Some may be unable to return to work for extended periods of time, while others will never be able to obtain any form of gainful employment again.
What Types of Damages Are Available in Toxic Tort Cases?
Filing a toxic tort allows you to seek individual damages for the specific losses you have suffered. Even if you are one of many people affected by toxic exposure, you can still seek fair compensation for the unique challenges you have faced, as well as the many that still lay ahead.
Depending on the specific details of your case, you could be entitled to the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Lost income/wages
- Loss of earning ability
- Loss of future projected earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Financial loss
- Lost quality/enjoyment of life
- Permanent disability, disfigurement, or impairment
- Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses associated with your injury or illness
- Attorney fees and court costs
At Potts Law Firm, we are committed to holding negligent manufacturers, businesses, factories, and other parties accountable. Our Dallas toxic tort attorneys have vast experience and an in-depth knowledge of Texas product liability and toxic exposure laws. We utilize our extensive resources to develop cutting-edge legal strategies designed to maximize our clients’ recoveries.
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Understanding Toxic Torts
Toxic torts are a type of tort involving exposure to toxic chemicals, contaminants, and other substances. Tort law is a form of mass civil litigation in which multiple parties, known as “plaintiffs,” file a single lawsuit against one or more defendants for damages. These lawsuits stem from a single act or omission, or collective acts or omissions, that cause harm to multiple parties.
Mass torts, including toxic torts, are much like class action lawsuits in that there are many participating plaintiffs. However, unlike in class actions, mass torts allow each participating plaintiff to seek individual damages based on their unique losses. Rather than splitting a single settlement or verdict between all participating plaintiffs, a successful mass tort allows you to recover compensation based on your individual damages.