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New York Toxic Torts Lawyer

Exposure to toxins in the environment or workplace may cause a constellation of injuries or illnesses, including:

  • cancer
  • birth defects
  • brain damage
  • respiratory abnormalities
  • wrongful death

As every person is different, some people exposed to a harsh substance or toxic chemical become ill after minimal exposure. Other people are able to tolerate exposure to a substance or chemical for longer periods of time before they are injured. For example, some people have immediate asthmatic reactions when exposed to high levels of mold, while other people do not show signs and symptoms of toxic mold syndrome for years. In addition, some people recover fully soon after the exposure ends, while other people suffer permanent injury or disability long after they leave the contaminated environment.

Toxic tort cases are complicated because, more often than not, identifying the substance and measuring the exposure requires a battery of environmental and medical analysis, including air/water quality sampling and complete physical examination. Each case also involves recreating the past to determine the habits and lifestyle of a person, and the practices of a workplace, building, or business. As a result, many law firms decline to practice as New York toxic tort lawyers. Even though the science is complex and the experts are expensive, Bottar Leone, PLLC has, for nearly three decades, tackled these types of personal injury cases head-on.

Often, the public does not learn that a substance is toxic or potentially dangerous until months or years after the exposure. Some of the most common types of dangerous toxins that are currently known include:

  • asbestos
  • lead
  • exhaust
  • dry cleaning solvents
  • pesticides
  • tobacco smoke

The government has put important laws into place to protect workers and consumers from the effects of exposure to toxic or otherwise dangerous substances. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) governs workplace safety issues, including the use of various substances that could be considered toxic. The Food and Drug Administration also regulates potentially toxic substances. Some of those potentially dangerous substances are:

  • arsenic
  • benzene
  • cadmium
  • chromium
  • coal
  • cotton dust
  • formaldehyde
  • mineral dust
  • printer toner

When a product is defective or a substance is proven to be dangerous, and injury occurs, individuals and corporations who created the material or exposed the injured to the substance may be liable for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, including fear of developing cancer.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to toxins in the environment or workplace, contact us to learn about whether you have a claim for personal injury. Our experienced toxic tort lawyers can be reached at (315) 313-6809 or (888) 979-1689, or by email at info@bottarlaw.com.