New Orleans Toxic Tort Lawyers

Representing Victims of Toxic Exposure Throughout Louisiana

If you or someone you love has been exposed to a toxic or harmful substance, you could have grounds for a toxic tort claim. Like personal injury claims, toxic torts are a type of civil litigation case in which injured and/or affected parties can seek compensation from those liable for their injuries and resulting damages. In many cases, people are exposed to toxic substances as a result of negligence, including corporate negligence. If you believe this may be the case for you, reach out to Potts Law Firm right away.

At our New Orleans office, we represent clients in all types of toxic tort claims, including those involving occupational exposure. We have extensive experience in this area of law, as well as the resources to effectively build your case. Our attorneys are prepared to answer any questions you may have and provide the personalized legal counsel you need as they assist you in navigating the legal process.

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What Is Toxic Exposure?

Toxic exposure refers to people coming into direct or indirect contact with harmful substances, such as chemicals, that can cause injury, illness, or death.

Toxic exposure can occur in several ways:

  • Inhalation: Inhalation, or breathing in harmful substances, is the most common form of toxic exposure.
  • Ingestion: Ingestion occurs when a person accidentally or intentionally consumes a toxic substance.
  • Direct Contact: Touching a toxic substance, whether intentionally or unintentionally, can lead to serious harm.

Toxic exposure commonly occurs in the workplace. For example, construction workers may be required to dismantle old buildings that contain asbestos, putting them at risk of breathing in tiny, microscopic asbestos fibers. This can lead to various medical conditions, such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer.

Toxic exposure can also happen outside the workplace. If a manufacturing plant dumps harmful chemicals into a nearby waterway, those chemicals can enter the soil and other waterways that supply drinking water to nearby areas. This can cause entire communities to suffer the consequences of harmful exposure.

Common Types of Toxic Substances

There is a wide variety of naturally occurring and manmade substances that can cause significant harm to humans. In many cases, being exposed to these substances can result in severe injury, life-changing medical conditions, and even deadly illnesses.

Some of the most common toxic substances include:

  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides/weedkillers
  • Mercury
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
  • Air pollutants
  • Water contaminants
  • Arsenic
  • Benzine

Some substances that are not generally toxic may be hazardous for humans in large doses. In other cases, substances that are meant to help humans—such as pharmaceutical drugs—could become harmful if they are defective, excessively dangerous, or are not taken/administered correctly.

Medical Conditions Associated with Toxic Exposure

Certain medical conditions are commonly associated with exposure to various toxic substances.

Examples include:

  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory illness
  • Skin diseases
  • Cancer

While these and other medical conditions are frequently caused by toxic exposure, they may also result from other factors. To prove a toxic exposure case, you must not only prove that you suffered an injury, illness, or medical condition commonly associated with toxic exposure but also that you were actually exposed to a harmful substance. You must also prove that another person or party is responsible for the harmful exposure and, therefore, liable for your damages.

Contact us online today or call (506) 677-8259 to get started with a complimentary case review.

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We help our clients seek maximum compensation for their damages, including but not limited to:

  • Medical expenses and future care costs
  • Loss of earning ability and future income
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Financial loss
  • Attorney fees and court costs
  • Lost income, wages, and employment benefits

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  • Wrongful Death $800,000

    Potts Law Firm secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of a family for the wrongful death of their father. The father of five from Las Vegas, New Mexico was wheelchair-bound.  While visiting his dentist’s office, the father maneuvered his electric wheelchair up a ramp.  The ramp did not have a curb or rails to prevent a fall. Despite being airlifted to a hospital, the father died of his injuries.

Filing a Toxic Tort Claim in Louisiana

Filing your claim can be difficult without the right legal team by your side. Many toxic tort claims involve large, powerful defendants with the resources to fight back. Additionally, proving the nature of your injury or medical condition, as well as the connection between it and the toxic exposure you sustained, nearly always requires expert testimony from medical professionals and other reliable sources.

At Potts Law Firm, we not only have the resources to aggressively pursue your claim, but we also have the legal experience and skill to push back against the defendant’s efforts to dispute or deny your claim. We have a long history of successfully handling both single-plaintiff and mass tort cases and have protected the rights of entire communities subjected to harmful exposure by chemical plants, oil and gas companies, manufacturers, and other large entities.

Our New Orleans toxic tort attorneys are ready to take your call and answer any questions you may have. We offer completely free consultations and do not collect any legal fees until we win your case.


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