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Toxic Torts

Accidents happen every day that affect a limited number of people. A person’s carelessness or recklessness might only cause one person to get hurt, or maybe two or three. Unfortunately, when businesses are careless, reckless, or intentionally disregard other people’s safety, a lot more people get hurt. When businesses that touch hundreds or thousands of lives everyday fail to uphold high standards and obey safety and health laws, many people may become sick or hurt, leading to a toxic tort claim.

If you have been injured because of a business or organization’s negligent conduct, do not hesitate to call a San Francisco toxic torts lawyer at Willoughby Brod, LLP. If you are one of many who have been hurt because of the business’s actions, then you may be part of a mass tort claim. Call (800) 427-7020 to schedule a consultation.

What is a Toxic Tort Claim?

To begin with, a tort is a civil wrong, other than a breach of contract. If you were hurt by an individual or business’s negligent or intentional misconduct, you may have a personal injury claim. This is a type of tort. Toxic torts refer to torts that arise because you or other individuals were injured because of a hazardous substance. Something toxic made you sick or caused you to suffer an injury. Common toxic tort claims arise from lead poisoning, asbestos, chemical pollutants in the water and soil, and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs.

Toxic tort claims may arise to mass tort claims. A mass tort is a civil wrong that harms a large number of people. For example, a chemical plant dumps pollutants into a nearby water source, contaminating water used by an entire town. Hundreds of individuals in the town begin to experience negative side effects and serious illnesses. If all of these individuals have the right to bring a toxic tort claim, then this may become a mass tort case.

If you have any questions regarding mass tort and toxic tort cases, do not hesitate to reach out to a toxic torts lawyer in San Francisco. Greg Brod is here to answer your questions and explain your legal rights.

Lead Exposure

Lead paint was used extensively throughout the U.S. until it was banned in 1978. Despite it no longer being manufactured and used here, it is still present in homes around the country. Many homes have layers of lead paint that create hazardous dust and flakes. It is particularly dangerous for young children who are more likely to ingest it. Over time, lead can build up in the body and cause significant injuries. At a certain point, it becomes fatal.

In adults, lead poisoning can lead to high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, headache, abdominal pain, difficulties with concentration and memory, mood disorders, reduced sperm, abnormal sperm, and miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth. It can also impact the fetus, which may experience slowed growth and low birth weight. In children, lead poisoning can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, pain, constipation, hearing loss, and seizures.

If you or your child has suffered from lead poisoning in California, contact a San Francisco toxic torts attorney right away. You may be able to hold the property owner responsible.

Pharmaceuticals

Every month new prescription drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA strives to ensure approved drugs are safe and effective. However, the agency can only base its decision on the data provided to it by pharmaceutical companies. The unfortunate truth is that many drug manufacturers do not disclose everything about a drug, or they carefully frame the information provided to regulators. In this way, defective and potentially dangerous drugs make it to the market and can ultimately cause harm to hundreds or thousands of patients.

After suffering serious side effects from a drug, which you were not warned about, the next step after receiving appropriate medical care is to call a toxic torts attorney in San Francisco. You deserve to have an experienced lawyer review your situation and advise you on your rights and options.

Chemical Pollutants and Toxic Landfills

Chemicals surround us. They are not all inherently dangerous, and we use many of them safely every day. However, there are many chemicals out there that are extremely toxic. Any exposure is dangerous. There are also chemicals that can be used safely, yet need to be handled, stored, and disposed of carefully. Otherwise, continued exposure over time can cause harm. It is when businesses mishandle toxic chemicals that we end up with polluted air, water, and soil. When businesses intentionally dump chemicals into nearby water sources, get rid of contaminated materials in landfills, and are careless about allowing pollutants to leak into the surrounding soil, they put lives at risk.

If you or a loved one have been harmed because of local pollution and contamination caused by a negligent business, do not hesitate to call an experienced and aggressive San Francisco toxic torts lawyer for help.

Willoughby Brod, LLP is here to help individuals suffering from corporate misdeeds. We are here to review your situation, analyze who is at fault, and advise you on your ability to bring a toxic tort claim. If you have a valid claim and wish to move forward with a lawsuit, we will guide you through the legal process and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve under the law.

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