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Toxic Exposure

Toxic Exposure

When you go home or to work, you expect it to be safe. What if you are not? What if you are being exposed to toxic chemicals and they are making you or your family sick?

Toxic chemicals can lurk anywhere, including in places where you expect to feel safe like your home or work environment. It can be in the water you drink, cook and bathe with. It can be in the walls and air of your home or workplace. It can be in the soil that you walk on every day. It can be making you and your family sick and you may not know it.

If you have been exposed to toxic chemicals, you or your family could begin to experience minor to extremely serious health issues. Because these health issues can be nonspecific at first (e.g., allergy or flu-like symptoms), people who have been exposed to toxic chemicals are often misdiagnosed with other conditions.

If you believe you have been exposed to toxic chemicals, you may have a claim against the government, your landlord, property manager, remediator, HVAC company, contractor or builder and we may be able to help. We may be able to help.

What types of health issues may be related to toxic exposure?

Exposure to toxic chemicals can result in many different health issues, including the following:

  • Headaches
  • Allergy-type symptoms (eye irritation, sneezing, itching, skin redness or rash)
  • Ear infections
  • Bloody noses
  • Open sores or lesions
  • Psychological and emotional distress
  • Flu-like symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting and diarrhea)
  • Other conditions (e.g., COPD, neurological disorders, nervous disorders)
  • Chronic fatigue, loss of weight
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Cancer
  • Bleeding lungs
  • Memory loss
  • Asthma
  • Chronic respiratory issues (e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis)
  • COPD
  • Damage to organs (e.g., kidney failure or liver disease)
  • Wrongful death

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What damages can you claim?
It depends on the state what damages you may claim. When you or a family member has been injured or killed because of toxic exposure, you may have a toxic exposure claim. While the law cannot undo the injury or bring back your loved one, it may provide compensation for you or your family. While it depends on the state, in general, you or your family may have claims for the following under the law.
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If you our your loved has suffered physical or emotional injuries because of exposure to toxic chemicals, the law may permit you to recover past and future medical expenses and lost wages as well as amounts for physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of a body part or use of a body part, permanency, scars and disfigurement. If you or your loved one was married at your time of injury, your or their spouse may be able to recover losses, including their lost services, society, affection, companionship and sexual relations.


If your family member died secondary to exposure to toxic chemicals, the law may permit recovery for medical expenses, funeral expenses, physical and emotional pain and suffering and the loss of the value of the life. Depending on the state, the value of the life may be measured from the perspective of the person who died or the family that lost the person who died. Lost future wages and support may also be recoverable.

What do you need for a successful claim?

In order to make a successful claim for toxic exposure, you need at least three things. First, someone must have acted negligently, such as a landlord, builder, property manager or developer that created your toxic mold exposure. Second, there must be an injury or death. Third, there has to be a connection between the negligence and the injury or death. In other words, the toxic chemicals must have caused the injury or death.

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Why contact an attorney immediately?

There are deadlines within which lawsuits must be filed or the right to file them is lost forever. As such, if you think you or a family member may have a toxic exposure claim, you should reach out to counsel immediately, do not wait. Toxic chemical cases are complex and involve a detailed analysis of the mold and its impact on those who are exposed to it. This requires environmental testing, medical testing and analysis by expert witnesses. Each of these things are difficult and time-consuming and are tasks best suited to an attorney with expertise in this area of litigation.

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