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Hattiesburg Chemical Exposure Lawsuit: What You Need To Know

If you got injured or sick because of exposure to a toxic chemical substance that was caused by a third party, you may file a lawsuit to pursue appropriate compensation.

What Is Chemical Exposure?

Chemical exposure occurs when we are directly or indirectly exposed to a harmful or toxic substance. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the form of gas, liquid, or solid.

The chances of getting exposed to harmful chemicals are high if you live near or work around a common source (e.g., a chemical-producing plant or a storage warehouse). 

Depending on the toxicity of the chemical, you may be substantially harmed even if a small quantity gets transferred to another object and and you make direct contact with the object can be a route of exposure.

There are three ways of chemical exposure: ingestion, inhalation, or direct skin contact. 

The effects of chemical exposure depend on the type and amount of toxic chemicals you inhaled, ingested, or touched.

Injury Caused By Chemical Exposure

Workers who were exposed to toxic chemicals may sustain life-threatening injuries. 

People who inhale fumes or absorb chemicals through the skin for a prolonged time may not see the effects right away.

A toxic exposure lawsuit is not confined to the exposures occurring at the workplace. 

 Exposure can also happen in the community, at school, or even at home, and no one even notices.

Chemical Exposure Attorney

Chemical exposure is classified under personal injury as a toxic tort, where the plaintiff sustained injuries resulting from exposure to chemicals or toxins. 

A chemical exposure lawsuit may be filed by anyone who suffers a personal injury caused by exposure to harmful substances.             

The case will seek compensation for injuries sustained and all the expenses and costs incurred for the treatment, medical care, and lost income as well as any other emotional or, when appropriate and allowed by law, punitive damages.

Your chemical exposure lawyer will gather evidence to prove that your injuries were caused by exposure to the toxic chemical. 

Your lawyer will bring an  action against the company or the source where chemical exposure occurred.

What Should You Do After A Chemical Exposure?

If a chemical exposure in the workplace occurs, you should immediately notify a superior about the incident and activate all applicable emergency action protocols in the organization. 

You’ll then want to seek immediate medical treatment and care for any injuries caused by the exposure.

Your next action should be to contact a toxic chemical exposure lawyer about the incident. 

Your lawyer will then give instructions on other steps to take that will protect you legally. 

Your toxic tort lawyer will determine the circumstances of your injuries and the appropriate legal remedy.

Can You Sue The Employer For Chemical Exposure?

Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations, the employer must provide employees with a safe working environment. 

Deliberate or negligent failure to comply may result in penalties.

The employer is liable for compensation if the following are brought up with material evidence:

  • The employer has a legal duty to prevent causing harm or injury to the worker.
  • The employer breached their legal duty by their negligent act of not preventing damage or injury to the worker.
  • The damage caused by chemical exposure resulted in medical care and treatment costs and other related expenses.

If the employer neglected their responsibility of keeping a safe workplace for the employees, they may end up paying substantial chemical exposure settlements to the injured employees or workers.

If exposure to toxic chemicals like benzene, mercury, or arsenic, occurs at your workplace, you should call on a local chemical exposure attorney for proper legal advice.

Types Of Chemical Exposure Case

There are many categories under which a toxic exposure lawsuit may fall but some common examples include the following:

  • Lead paint exposure (can cause brain damage to children)
  • Toxic landfill waste (can cause leukemia and other diseases)
  • Dry cleaning chemicals and solvents (can cause brain and organ damage)
  • Asbestos exposure (can cause lung cancer and other lung diseases, or mesothelioma)
  • Pesticides (can cause congenital disabilities)
  • Groundwater or soil contamination (caused by waste or chemical dumping)
  • Defective medications (pharmaceutical or product liability)

When To File a Chemical Exposure Lawsuit?

If you sustained an injury because of exposure to a toxic chemical or substance, you need to contact your chemical exposure lawyer to report the incident. 

This is essential because there’s an amount of time allotted to file a claim after an injury.

The statute of limitations in Mississippi for personal injury/toxic tort cases is three years. Any lawsuit filed after the prescribed period of three years, the lawsuit will be ruled invalid.

Who Can Help You File A Chemical Exposure Lawsuit?

If you’re seeking compensation for the injury sustained from exposure to toxic substances, our team of lawyers at Deakle-Johnson Law Firm will gladly assist you. 

Our lawyers have experience in toxic exposure lawsuits and can advise you on the actions you need to take and the expectations from said legal proceedings.

Give us a call to learn more about us.