Springfield Toxic Tort Attorneys

Representing Missouri Individuals Harmed by Toxic Substances

Were you exposed to a dangerous substance at work, at home, after using a consumer product, or after ingesting a pharmaceutical drug? Certain toxins, chemicals, pesticides, and other materials have the potential to cause lasting harm, even if you were only exposed briefly. You should not wait to get legal advice and explore your options once you begin to suspect you suffered injuries because of an exposure, as you only have a limited amount of time to take action and seek compensation.

At Potts Law Firm, it’s all about using our power to get you the best possible result. With over 250 years of combined legal experience, our Springfield toxic tort lawyers are well-versed in complex litigation, and, with over $1 billion recovered, our track record speaks for itself. We have represented thousands of clients in these cases and are ready to put our knowledge, resources, and skills to work for you. From beginning to end, you will have the full support of our responsive team, and we will always make every effort to deliver an optimal outcome.

If you believe you were exposed to a toxic substance and are not sure what to do next, contact us online or call (417) 323-6752 to schedule a free initial consultation. Same-day appointments are available, and we offer our services in English and Spanish.

How Do Toxic Exposures Happen in Missouri?

Toxic exposures can happen in a variety of settings and for a wide range of reasons. In many instances, some party – typically a business – will be responsible for safely handling, storing, distributing, or disposing of a dangerous substance, but they will fail to meet that responsibility, causing an avoidable exposure.

Our Springfield toxic tort attorneys can assist you if you were exposed:

  • At work. Some workplaces will require employees to work alongside dangerous substances every day. If safety protocols (including those mandated by law) are not followed, employees could be exposed and sustain serious injuries.
  • At home. Even if you make a concerted effort to not use products known to contain potentially dangerous materials, you could be exposed if a party dumps toxic substances into the water or releases it into the air. Toxic materials could also be contained in your home’s building materials, and you could have a case if you were not warned about them.
  • By using a consumer product. Some products will contain potentially dangerous materials, and it is the responsibility of everyone in the product’s distribution chain, including the manufacturer, to adequately warn you about the consequent risk of using the product (along with safety instructions for how to avoid dangerous exposure).
  • By ingesting a toxic substance contained in a pharmaceutical product. Pharmaceutical companies also have a responsibility to warn consumers about the materials contained in pharmaceutical drugs and the possible side effects that may occur. If you suffer any form of harm (including unadvertised side effects) after consuming a pharmaceutical drug, you may have a case.

The potential consequences will depend on the nature of the substance, the nature of the exposure, and the length of the exposure. Some especially dangerous substances, like radioactive materials, can cause adverse health outcomes after a brief, direct exposure without protective equipment. Other substances, such as materials contained in consumer products, may only trigger health problems after months or years of sustained exposure. Health impacts may be immediate, or may they take decades to become apparent.

    Harmed by an exposure to a toxic substance? Potts Law Firm can help, so call (417) 323-6752 or contact us online today.

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    Toxic Torts, Explained

    You may suffer serious, costly injuries that affect your ability to live your life when you are exposed to a toxic substance through no fault of your own. You deserve the opportunity to hold the party responsible for the exposure accountable for their actions. A toxic tort is a type of civil lawsuit that gives you that chance.

    Because many exposures that occur at work, in concentrated geographic areas, or via consumer products are widespread, toxic tort claims often involve multiple plaintiffs. Unlike a class action, you can recover compensation for all of your specific, individual damages through a successful toxic tort. You will not have to share damages with other plaintiffs.

    What Are the Types of Compensation I Can Recover in a Missouri Toxic Tort Claim?

    Time limits apply in toxic tort claims, and you will be unable to recover any compensation if you wait too long to take legal action. In Missouri, you typically only have five years from the date you were injured to start the legal process.

    In some cases, you may not be fully aware of your injuries or their connection to an exposure to a dangerous substance right after the exposure occurred. In these types of scenarios, the state’s discovery rule usually gives you five years from the date you discovered or should have discovered the possible link between your injuries and being exposed to a toxic substance.

    Our Springfield toxic tort lawyers will fight to get you full compensation for all economic and non-economic losses, including:

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost income
    • Lost earning capacity
    • Pain and suffering
    • Loss of enjoyment of life


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