In a toxic tort claim, there can be a number of victims. Landowners are among the first group of victims because their property may have been contaminated by a chemical spill. The other group are those exposed to the toxic substance and made ill. In these cases, the soil, air and groundwater become contaminated and the land may not be able to be used again for quite some time. Anyone living on that property or around it can be injured or become very ill.
Even if individuals are not immediately made ill, groundwater contamination can lead to contamination of the water supply, which can then make people very ill for the long-term.
If you have become ill due to exposure to a toxic substance, you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable. In the past, there have been successful claims made in Minnesota against companies that have contaminated the groundwater, air, and soil with hydrocarbons, turans, dioxins, and other toxic substances.
Litigating Many Exposure Types
There are different types of toxic chemical exposures that cause a wide variety of illnesses. Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, while mold exposure can lead to respiratory problems. Here are some lawsuits filed in California for asbestos exposure that has caused mesothelioma. Individuals may even acquire radiation injury or lead poisoning. There is a rather extensive list of harmful substances that people can be exposed to and illnesses that can result. Some of the most common sources of toxic substances include:
- Motor vehicles
- Office buildings
- Drinking water
If anyone’s negligence causes a person to become exposed to chemicals within any of these environments, then the responsible parties can be held accountable. There is a lot of scientific research that backs up the effects of certain types of toxic substances. This is one reason why more and more toxic tort claims are surfacing.
What your Mankato personal injury lawyer will do is investigate the cause of your injury or illness. It is very important to prove that the injury or illness is more likely the result of a toxin and that the exposure of that toxin was due to negligence. Typical compensation in these cases includes lost wages, medical care, and pain and suffering. Acquiring this compensation ensures medical bills are paid and that finances do not have to be a concern while having to deal with the illness or injury itself. Eliminating just one type of stress after an accident can better facilitate the healing process.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Personal Injury Attorney
There are times that toxic chemical exposure can lead to illness and property loss for land owners. The soil, air and groundwater can become contaminated. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to exposure to a toxic substance that has led to injury or illness, you may have an injury claim. To learn more about your rights and options, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 to schedule a free consultation.