Pollution and Toxic Tort Attorneys of Texas
The team of Neal Davis and Jed Silverman are prepared to help if you’ve fallen victim to pollution or toxic tort. If we don’t win, you don’t pay. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
Chemicals have been a very important part of industrialization, and they’re a vital part of many of the medical products, clothing, cars, and other goods that we use on a daily basis.
However, toxic chemicals and waste can be detrimental to a person’s health and wellbeing if they are improperly handled or disposed of irresponsibly into the environment.
Citizens have a the right to be informed about the pollution and chemical disposal in their area, and the companies responsible (both public and private) must also be held accountable for their actions. If you or someone you know has become injured or sick because of the improper handling of toxic chemicals, you may have a case for financial compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
Contact the injury attorney team of Neal Davis and Jed Silverman today to discuss your rights.
Injuries Caused by Contamination
Exposure to toxic levels of chemicals in the environment can cause serious illnesses or injuries for victims. These injuries can include:
- Various cancers
- Heart problems
- Learning disabilities including ADD and ADHD
- Birth defects in unborn children
- Allergies or breathing issues
- Dangerous stomach, kidney, or liver conditions
- Nervous system disorders
What is a Toxic Tort Claim?
A toxic tort is a type of personal injury claim in which the victim believes exposure to pollution or toxic chemicals is responsible for his or her injuries, sickness, or damages. Unfortunately, the substances that often cause toxic tort injuries are undetectable by the senses and it may take days or weeks for symptoms to show or for damages to become apparent.
Toxic tort claims can include anything from damages to crops and general land contamination to respiratory issues and damaging exposure to pesticides. If you’ve suffered damages due to chemicals or pollution, it’s considered a toxic tort claim.
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Sources of Contamination
There are numerous ways that the toxic chemicals and pollutants can make their way to public exposure. These chemicals can be present in the air, water, and soil around us, and many victims may not realize their exposure until it is too late.
Air pollution at serious levels is often caused by traffic, heating for homes and businesses, industrial parks, or dangerous mold. These sources emit carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and the toxic fumes from gasoline, industrial solvents, etc. Dangerous levels of these toxic chemicals can lead to serious respiratory issues including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or even lung cancer.
Soil pollution is often the result of a flooded area that was exposed to polluted water. When polluted bodies of water flood, the soil is then exposed to those toxicities and the land is contaminated. Land contaminations can include farms, residential areas, etc. Soil contaminants can be spread to humans through contact with the skin, ingesting the soil (eating food grown on contaminated land), or by inhaling toxic dry soil.
Water pollution can come from the use of household chemicals, septic system malfunctions, landfills, waste treatment plants, or irresponsible toxic chemical disposal into waterways. Water pollution can often stay in an area for many years, providing it with the opportunity to cause health concerns for hundreds of people. Illnesses that can stem from water pollution exposure include intestinal/digestive issues (including severe diarrhea and vomiting), hepatitis, thyroid disorders, and certain cancers.
Damages Claimed for Pollution and Toxic Tort
Victims of a toxic tort injury or illness can be compensated for many types of damages. Those damages can include medical expenses (both current and projected), emotional trauma, loss in quality of life, property damage or loss in value due to pollution, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. Punitive damages are put into place in order to punish a guilty party while injunctive relief damages are used to stop the destructive behavior or pollution that led to the victim's injuries.
Unfortunately, proving fault in a toxic tort case can take extensive time. Proving that injuries or illnesses are the direct result of pollution or exposure to toxic chemicals can be a difficult process, and placing blame for that pollution can require extensive investigation.
On top of that, the statute of limitations for toxic tort in Texas is two years from the time of injury, placing a strict time limit on any advances toward compensation.
Because of these factors, it’s recommended that victims contact a trusted personal injury lawyer that practices in the area of toxic torts and pollution injuries. The personal injury attorney team of Neal Davis and Jed Silverman is ready to guide you through the process of investigating your claim and helping you receive the compensation you deserve. No recovery, no cost to you; that’s our No Fee Guarantee. Contact us today for a free consultation and see how we can help you get on the road to recovery.