Toxic Tort

Toxic tort, as the name indicates, can be intimidating. Many individuals do not know what a toxic tort case is or if they have been exposed to a toxic substance. In Louisiana, toxic tort can involve a number of substances.

Typically toxic torts involve pharmaceuticals or chemicals that after exposure to this toxic substance cause damage to in individual or many individuals.

Here in Louisiana more recent and infamous toxic tort cases include exposure to the BP Oil spill dispersant Corexit and the actual oil spill itself. Direct exposure to these harmful chemicals can be dangerous to your health. You should consult a doctor if you have any issues as a result.

Other infamous toxic torts in Louisiana include exposure to asbestos causing Mesothelioma. Since Louisiana has a number of port cities and the shipping industry is prevalent here, the asbestos claims here are significant. Many shipyard workers and refinery laborers have been exposed to asbestos over the years and may have a claim to compensation.

The typical claimant in a Louisiana toxic tort matter needs to show that there was a dangerous or toxic substance and that the claimant was exposed to this substance. From here, doctors need to conclude that the injuries sustained by the claimant were caused by the exposure to the dangerous substance. This can often times be a difficult challenge. Causation is very speculative and for every doctor you find that will say that causation is present, the defense can find others who will say that there is no causal connection.

If you have suffered an injury due to a chemical or oil spill or other toxic substance, call Smiley Law Firm to speak with an attorney today.