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Toxic Chemical Exposure Is Scary—But a Lawyer Can Help When It Happens!

By Greg Kohn

The harm caused by dangerous chemicals can be instant or long-term. Likewise, the effects of chemical exposure could be short-lived or cause lifelong impairments and disabilities. Suppose toxic exposure happened on the job or was caused by someone else’s negligence. In that case, there may be legal options to recover compensation for the harm and damages caused by toxic exposure. Our New Jersey environmental litigation attorneys discuss why consulting a lawyer now is the best way to protect your rights.

What Should I Do if I Suspect My Injuries Were Caused by Exposure to Dangerous Chemicals?

Some chemical exposure causes immediate injuries and adverse conditions. For example, inhaling toxic fumes could immediately result in vomiting, seizures, and other catastrophic injuries. However, the effects of chemical exposure might not appear immediately. It could take months or years of exposure for a person to begin displaying symptoms. The symptoms may appear mild at first and increase in intensity.

Examples of toxic and hazardous chemicals in the workplace include, but are not limited to:

  • Bromine
  • Cyanogen
  • Acetone
  • Chlorine
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide (more than 35%)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glyphosate 
  • Benzene

If you suspect that you could have been exposed to toxic chemicals, see a doctor immediately. Ask the doctor if your symptoms could be caused by or related to chemical exposure. It is also wise to seek legal advice as soon as possible to protect your right to pursue a legal claim against the parties responsible for the toxic chemical exposure. 

Should I Consult a Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawyer if I Was Exposed to Toxic Chemicals?

The costs of dealing with toxic chemical exposure can be substantial. The financial losses and expenses could stretch out for years or the rest of your life. You deserve compensation for your injuries and damages, but toxic tort cases can be challenging to pursue. 

Chemical exposure attorneys understand the complex legal elements required to prove liability for injuries caused by toxic chemical exposure. Injured victims have the burden of proving causation, fault, and damages to hold the at-fault party responsible for their damages and injuries. Many local, state, and federal regulations and laws govern hazardous chemicals and substances. It is crucial to hire a chemical exposure lawyer with experience handling these cases so they are informed of the latest changes to laws that could impact your case.

Additionally, environmental litigation attorneys have the resources to hire medical and scientific experts to gather evidence to prove that exposure to chemicals was the cause of your injuries and damages. Furthermore, many chemical exposure claims result in class action lawsuits or multi-district litigation cases. Experienced chemical exposure attorneys are also equipped to handle the tactics and practices used by big corporations and their defense attorneys to delay, undervalue, and deny valid chemical injury claims. 

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys 

Toxic torts are a specialized area of personal injury law. At Nagel Rice, our legal team has experience with toxic tort cases. We have the resources, knowledge, and skills to handle these types of personal injury cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced New Jersey environmental litigation lawyer. 

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.