We are exposed to millions of chemicals, elements, and solutions on a day-to-day basis. Many of these are not harmful in the quantities we breathe or ingest, and many minerals and elements are even essential to good health. However, when our workplaces, the products we buy, or the areas where we live are tainted by dangerous chemicals or byproducts, we can become seriously ill, face acute injuries, or gain an increased chance of illness from the exposure.
The Baltimore, Maryland toxic poisoning lawsuit attorneys at Rice, Murtha & Psoras represent victims of these kinds of injuries and illnesses. We work to hold employers, manufacturers, and others responsible for toxic exposure accidents and unreasonable dangers that involve toxic chemicals, hazardous materials, and more. For a free legal consultation on your potential poisoning or exposure case, call our attorneys today at (410) 694-7291.
Suing for Toxic Exposure and Poisoning in Maryland
If you were exposed to toxic chemicals or dangerous substances, you might have a case against the responsible parties. Many people work with chemicals at their jobs, take in chemicals through the environment, and encounter chemicals from defective products that can cause cancer, make them sick, or cause physical injuries. These toxic poisoning cases can often lead to lawsuits, but the way that you file these cases might differ based on where and how the injury occurs:
Workplace Toxic Chemical Poisoning
Exposure to toxic chemicals at work might be an inherent part of your job, especially if you work at a site that uses or manufactures such chemicals. Just because you might be exposed at work does not, however, mean that your employer gets to sit and watch as you become sick with no repercussions. Workers throughout the state should get proper protective equipment and safety gear from their employers, especially if their employers know they will be exposed to dangerous, toxic, or hazardous substances. If your employer failed to provide you with protective gear like respirators, gloves, eye goggles, face shields, etc., then your employer could be responsible for your injuries.
Most employees in Baltimore are governed by workers’ compensation rules, which means that you cannot usually file a lawsuit against your employer. Instead, you might be entitled to file through workers’ comp., which can allow you to get compensation for a work-related injury or illness without having to prove your employer was at fault.
If you were working as an independent contractor or you were injured because of mistakes by third parties, you could be entitled to sue the at-fault parties. This can help injury victims get compensation if they were injured because a third party produced a chemical spill or because a safety gear manufacturer supplied you with defective gear. Talk to a lawyer about how to proceed with your claim and whether a lawsuit is possible.
Toxic Poisoning from Defective Products
Many commercially available products use dangerous chemicals in the processes used to make them and in the products themselves. The chemicals used in rechargeable batteries, plastics, and other materials could be toxic if ingested or if they leach and transfer chemicals into food or drink. Companies should have warning labels on their products that inform consumers of these dangers. If there are no adequate warnings about the dangers of these products or if design or manufacturing defects cause additional dangers, you could be seriously injured or become ill because of the product.
Suing a product manufacturer is almost always possible if the manufacturer put defective products to market or failed to use adequate warnings. In many cases, these claims can result in compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.
These lawsuits can be especially important in cases involving toxic pharmaceuticals. Sometimes, pharmaceutical manufacturers fail to property test medications or warn patients of potential toxic side effects to their system. These cases are typically handled as product defect cases as well.
Environmental Toxic Exposure
If you live or work in an area where the environment has been tainted by chemicals and hazardous materials, you could be entitled to sue the responsible parties. Many factories violate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and other environmental protection laws with dumping and other acts. Chemical spills on the highway or at factories could taint groundwater or drinking water. Fracking may be illegal in Maryland since 2017, but residual environmental effects and the effects of other mining and mineral collection could also cause toxic chemicals to spread throughout the environment.
The link between environmental harm and individual health is often hard to prove, but our attorneys may be able to help. If you became sick, got cancer, gave birth to a child with birth defects, or faced other issues because of toxic exposure, call a lawyer today.
Industrial Exposure to Toxic Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
Sometimes exposure to toxic chemicals happens directly because of industrial plants and factories in your community. Rather than tainting groundwater or hurting ecosystems, direct exposure to toxic fumes from a nearby plant, toxic waste being disposed of in the streets, or other spread from spills, leaks, and explosions can also cause illness or injury.
If you live near a chemical plant explosion or you were injured because of spills or the direct effects of dumping, toxic fumes, or other issues with industrial plants in your community, talk to a lawyer about what can be done. If this poisoning made you ill, you could be entitled to compensation through a lawsuit.
Call Our Toxic Poisoning Attorney in Baltimore for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was exposed to dangerous chemicals at work, because of a defective product, because of environmental exposure, or because of direct exposure to an industrial plant, you could be entitled to compensation for any injuries or illness the poisoning caused you. For a free legal consultation, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Our Maryland personal injury attorneys will help you determine if you have a case and discuss how to proceed. If necessary, we can fight your case in court and seek compensation for your injuries and illness. For a free legal consultation, call our Baltimore toxic poisoning lawsuit attorneys today at (410) 694-7291.