LaPlace Toxic Tort Attorneys
Representing LaPlace Individuals Harmed by Toxic Substances
Sustained exposure to dangerous toxins, chemicals, pesticides, or pharmaceutical drugs can result in severe health consequences. In some extreme scenarios, even a single, catastrophic exposure to a harmful substance can result in injury. Organizations that handle, store, and distribute toxic substances have a legal responsibility to do so with the utmost care. When they fail to honor this responsibility, they can be held liable for the harm they cause through a toxic tort claim.
If you believe you have been injured because of exposure to a toxic substance, Potts Law Firm is committed to helping you seek justice. Our LaPlace toxic tort lawyers have over 250 years of combined legal experience and have recovered over $1 billion for our clients. We understand how this type of legal action is adjudicated in Louisiana and can provide the sophisticated advocacy needed to secure full and fair compensation. Our compassionate, responsive team will be there to support you from beginning to end, and we will always fight to deliver the best possible result.
You pay nothing unless we win, so give us a call at (985) 236-0573 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We offer same-day appointments and provide services in English and Spanish.
How Does Toxic Exposure Happen in Louisiana?
Potentially harmful substances exist in a variety of contexts. Some substances, including radioactive materials, are extremely volatile and can inflict lasting harm if you are simply near them without protective equipment. Other toxic substances may only confer harm if you ingest them or are exposed to them for long periods of time. In other words, a toxic exposure could take the form of a single incident, or it may take place over multiple weeks, months, or years. Further complicating matters, you may not realize you were injured by a toxic substance until long after the exposure occurred. Our LaPlace toxic tort attorneys can review your circumstances, ascertain liability, and determine whether you have a case.
Toxic tort claims tend to arise out of the following scenarios:
- Occupational exposure. If you work in an industrial field, there is a good chance you work around potentially harmful substances every single day. Your employer has a duty to warn you about potential risks, offer you protective equipment, meet compliance standards, enforce safety protocols, and generally make every reasonable effort to limit the possibility of dangerous exposure. When they breach this duty through careless or negligent conduct, they may be legally responsible for the injuries workers sustain. Both high levels of exposure in a short period and low levels of exposure over a longer period can both result in tragic outcomes.
- Exposure in the home. Many modern homes do not usually have toxic substances that can trigger adverse health consequences. You could still become exposed due to toxic building materials or because of the conduct of a nearby business. For example, if a business negligently dumps dangerous chemicals into a shared water supply, you could become exposed and injured despite never entering the organization’s facility.
- Ingesting pharmaceutical drugs. Though pharmaceutical drugs must be thoroughly tested and cleared for use, unintended, unadvertised, and harmful side effects can sometimes develop, potentially warranting a toxic tort claim.
- Using consumer products. Some consumer products, such as cleaning products or pesticides, may contain harmful toxins that trigger unintended and unanticipated illnesses and injuries.
Do not wait to reach out to Potts Law Firm if you suspect you may have been injured by a toxic substance. Contact us online or call (985) 236-0573 today.
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You have very little time to start the legal process of recovering damages once you learn you have suffered injuries due to an exposure to a toxic substance. In Louisiana, you generally only have one year from the date you were injured to file a toxic tort claim, and you cannot recover any compensation if this time limit expires.
You may immediately realize you have been injured due to exposure to a dangerous substance in a catastrophic scenario where there are immediate health consequences. For example, if you were exposed following an explosion and promptly develop chronic respiratory issues, there will be very little debate over when you learned about your injuries and reasonably should have believed the exposure was to blame.
In many other situations, you may not know you were even injured by an exposure to toxic substances until well after one year has elapsed. Again, in many cases, it can take years for symptoms to appear and even more time to establish a possible link between the injuries and the exposure. In these instances, Louisiana’s discovery rule typically applies, meaning you have one year from the date you knew or should have known that your injuries and an exposure to a dangerous substance may be linked. Our LaPlace toxic tort lawyers will fight to get you compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium