Cincinnati, Ohio Product Liability and Toxic Tort Lawyer Involved in Toxic Exposure Litigation Nationwide
Consumers and workers in the modern era may be exposed to numerous chemicals and toxins. Exposure to a toxic material even in very short doses or duration can lead to severe health consequences.
Toxic exposure can lead to specific types of cancer and other illnesses. Many consumers and workers who have fallen ill have taken legal action and filed product liability and toxic tort lawsuits.
A toxic tort is a specific type of personal injury that occurs as a result of the exposure to toxic materials or chemicals. Many people are unknowingly exposed to dangerous substances at their work place and only discover the past exposure after they have been diagnosed with a serious condition associated with the toxic material.
Others may take a toxic drug, prescribed by their doctor. There is a wide variety of toxic exposure litigation. The most common toxic tort cases involve victims of the following:
- Asbestos Exposure
- Benzene Exposure
- Fracking Injury
- Lead Paint Poisoning
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Property and Environmental Damage Claims
- Trichlorethylene (TCE) Exposure
- Tetrachlorethylene (PCE) Exposure
- Methylene Chloride Exposure
- VA Burn Pit Exposure
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Agent Orange Compensation
- C8 Water Contamination
- Toxic Asphalt Exposure
Property Contamination Claims
In the last ten years, the most famous types of toxic exposure cases involve property damage claims due to oil spills. Most notably, the BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico damaged the environment and cost local business owners billions of dollars due to the impact on the local economy. A toxic tort lawyer can help to restore the environment and those small business losses through a settlement.
Whether the damages are financial or a combination of financial and human losses suffered due to a personal injury, toxic tort litigation exists to compensate those individuals and their families who have been harmed through no fault of their own.
Often people are unknowingly exposed to a dangerous substance and only discover the exposure once they have been diagnosed with a serious illness associated with the toxic material. While the government often levies fines when companies violate certain regulations, the civil justice system solely provide for the families human losses, property damage, or business losses.
Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati Personal Injury and Ohio Toxic Tort Lawyer who has represented thousands of individuals in personal injury claims both locally and nationally. Mr. Lyon has successfully represented individuals nationwide in numerous toxic tort claims.
If you or a family member has been exposed to a toxic material, or have property damage due to the release of a toxic materials, and have questions about your legal rights, please contact The Lyon Firm to speak with a toxic tort lawyer.
Occupational Exposure to Toxic Materials
Occupational toxic tort cases are the most common because industrial workers are more likely to face long-term exposure to toxic chemicals. Workers in certain industries face a higher risk of exposure than the average person. For example, farm workers may be exposed to large amounts of pesticides, including Glyphosate, a known cancer-causing agent.
Fracking employees may be exposed to Benzene, a very dangerous substance. Workers in the steel and auto industry may have been exposed to asbestos for many years. Exposure to toxic materials can occur in various industries, though the most common include the following:
- Fracking Worksites
- Chemical Production Facilities
- Naval Shipyards
- Military Bases
- Paper Mills
- Steel Mills
- Rubber Plants
- Power Plants
- Nail Salons & Spas
Household Toxic Exposure
Household chemicals, including disinfectants and common garden pesticides may cause serious illness, and even cancer in some cases. Exposure to toxic substances is particularly harmful to children because they are generally more sensitive to toxic agents. Children also have a greater likelihood of exposure as a result of play habits and behavior. In turn, many exposed children have fallen ill with serious conditions.
Toxins have also been known to enter the household from parents working certain jobs with toxic exposure. Studies show a relationship between childhood leukemia and a parent’s workplace exposure to chemicals.
Occupations in the fields of painting, shipbuilding, metal processing, and auto-making may significantly elevate risk of home exposure to toxins. Asbestos has also been an issue from secondary exposure. Specific products involved in toxic exposure lawsuits include:
Toxic Materials & Chemicals
Some chemicals have been known to lead to serious health conditions for many years, and still companies failed to warn of the risks involved with using certain products. Other chemicals have only recently been linked to specific illness and cancers.
Common chemicals and toxins that have resulted in lawsuits include:
- Welding Injuries
- Vinyl Chloride (VC)
Toxic Exposure Lawsuits
The Lyon Firm has years of experience litigating sensitive and valuable toxic exposure cases on behalf of plaintiffs. Joe Lyon takes pride in holding companies responsible following consumer injury or workplace toxic exposure. The Lyon Firm specializes in the following practice areas:
Many years after the discovery of its cancer-causing potential, still one of the largest toxic tort litigation in America involves asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a toxic material that is commonly used in commercial and residential construction, and a wide variety of industrial installations because of its high resilience to heat and effective insulating properties.
Long-term exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers, however, causes serious respiratory diseases and cancers such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. You can qualify for an asbestos exposure claim if you have developed cancer linked to past workplace exposure to toxins.
A huge wave of lawsuits involving Monsanto’s iconic weedkiller, Roundup, have hit Bayer with massive verdicts, putting pressure on the company to settle thousands of claims.
Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to an increased risk of developing leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Farmers, groundskeepers, plant nursery workers and landscapers have filed toxic tort claims, alleging that Roundup exposure led to the development of cancer.
You may qualify for a Roundup lawsuit if you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia and have documented use of a weedkiller or pesticide in the past.
Baby Powder Asbestos Exposure
Johnson & Johnson faces thousands of cancer claims in lawsuits alleging the company’s talc and Baby Powder products were contaminated with asbestos, leading to the development of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer in many women who used the product regularly. Plaintiffs may file a claim if they have used a talcum powder product for many years and developed cancer.
Plaintiffs say the company was aware of the contamination and cancer risks decades ago but chose not to alert the public in fear of harming the company’s reputation. Many product liability lawsuits involve companies who place profit before the health of the consumer.
Benzene exposure has been linked to AML cases nationwide. Many workers in the oil and rubber industries have fallen ill after many years of workplace exposure. Workers who have worked with rubber, PVC, vinyl chloride or other chemicals containing benzene can file a claim if they have developed cancer.
Drug injury cases are complex, and are generally filed as part of a class. When defective drugs are recalled and patients are injured by a pharmaceutical, a toxic tort attorney may be necessary to represent victims, and to assist in recovering rightful compensation.
Drug defect injury cases are quite common and can involve drug contamination, a failure to properly perform clinical trials, dosage and labeling errors, and undisclosed side effects.
Toxic Exposure Injuries
A wide variety of toxic materials on the job or home may cause a number of severe conditions and diseases. Illnesses and injuries that commonly occur as a result of exposure to toxic materials include:
- Birth defects
- Lung Cancer
- Brain Injuries
- Non Hodgkins lymphoma
- Kidney cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Aplastic anemia
- Burn injuries
A new online resource developed at Columbia University has opened large areas of industrial inquiry regarding the corporate and regulatory histories of large American chemical companies.
ToxicDocs is an online database that holds 20 million previously protected industry and trade association documents concerning the specific health hazards of various toxic chemicals like asbestos, lead, silica, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other common toxins.
ToxicDocs obtained many of its documents from ongoing toxic exposure lawsuits and toxic tort litigation in the past 50 years. The information informs the public about which industries knowingly profited from public health hazards. This online platform provides a look into the inner workings of major chemical firms that sold toxic substances and products containing them.
The ToxicDocs data includes company memos, unpublished scientific studies, planning reports for PR campaigns, and corporate meeting minutes and presentations.
What is a Toxic Tort Lawsuit?
Many people are familiar with the term “class action.” A class action lawsuit is appropriate where the claims are all the same and can be handled in one case without a party being prejudiced.
Since most toxic tort cases involve different issues related to the amount of exposure, the types of injuries being claimed, and the manner of which those damages were caused, class action treatment is usually not appropriate in toxic tort cases.
However, toxic tort cases often involve many similarities related to the liability and general causation questions, and consolidation can be effective for both parties through a mass tort program. A “mass tort” is similar to a class action in that there are procedural steps to consolidate similar claims before one Court to more efficiently litigate the case.
Typically, these cases are consolidated for the purposed of pre-trial discovery, but the case is not joined for a trial. Through pre-trial consolidation the Courts can avoid inconsistent rulings and have a more manageable discovery process.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to Toxic Exposure, and have questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Toxic Tort lawyer, and he will help you answer these critical questions.