Chicago Toxic Tort Attorneys
Every day, all around us, businesses manufacture, supply, and distribute a variety of industrial products. When harmful chemicals are part of that chain and aren’t adequately secured or contained, the risk of exposure can be devastating, putting our health and lives in peril. From brain damage to cancers to congenital disabilities, toxic torts are responsible for many injuries and deaths each year.
Hammond Law LLC holds companies accountable for their negligent, irresponsible handling of hazardous substances. We fight to get our clients the damages they deserve to compensate them for health issues, medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages.
What Is a Toxic Tort Claim?
Chemicals or other substances that may be useful or necessary for industrial or other purposes can be deadly when not properly used, transported, or stored. When a company fails to prevent leaks and accidents or intentionally dumps toxic substances, they need to be held accountable for any harm or injuries that result.
Successfully pursuing a toxic tort case can be complicated, especially when big business and their insurance companies engage teams of attorneys to fight such claims. Every plaintiff alleging a toxic tort must prove that:
- The substance involved was dangerous.
- The victim or victims were exposed to the dangerous substance.
- The victim or victims suffered actual harm from their exposure to the toxic substance.
Toxic tort claims can arise from many types of acts and harmful substances. We are all familiar with examples like asbestos, lead paint poisoning, and pesticides such as DDT. Exposure to these and other toxic substances causes lung disease and breathing problems, neurological issues, mesothelioma, skin conditions, organ failure, and other chronic illnesses. With so much at stake, you need an experienced lawyer to help you recover the compensation your family and you may need over your lifetimes.
A Sometimes Invisible, Lingering Threat
While the harm from exposure to poisonous chemicals can be catastrophic, one unique challenge in pursuing a toxic tort action is that the injury may not become apparent until years after exposure. Additionally, the way the exposure manifests as an illness or injury can be ambiguous, and corporate defendants will argue an unrelated, intervening factor caused the disease or harm.
For example, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, but a cancer diagnosis can be attributed to genetics, lifestyle, and carcinogens in food, among countless other origins. To prevail in court, an injured plaintiff must present evidence of sound and accepted research supported by credible experts who will testify on their behalf.
Taking on Big Business to Fight for Our Clients
When it comes to toxic tort litigation, Hammond Law has the knowledge, experience, and determination to step into the ring with offending companies and their large law firm lawyers.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to a dangerous substance and suffered an injury, illness, or other adverse health effects as a result, please contact us right away. The sooner we help you investigate the cause and the consequences, the better. The initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing in attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation for you.