In today’s world, the use of chemicals is part of our everyday lives; we use chemicals to clean, create products, facilitate agriculture, and for thousands of other purposes. Sadly, some of the chemicals that permeate our modern society are extremely harmful to humans and can cause injury, illness, or death in people who are exposed to these toxic substances.
People who have suffered from the effects of hazardous chemical exposure may be entitled to compensation, and Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP can help. Our experienced team of attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and fight for the fair recovery you are owed. Since our firm’s founding in 1971, we have successfully secured over $2 billion for our clients; learn how we can help you with your claim today. With an office based in New York, we serve individuals throughout the United States.
Negligent companies that use chemicals in their manufacturing processes often ignore safe practices as a way to earn profit and increase efficiency. As a result, they can harm victims via chemical exposure. For example, residents of towns where chemical processing plants are located are very vulnerable to exposure—toxic substances can leak into nearby water supplies and into the air. Additionally, people who work in chemical plants or other facilities that frequently use chemicals can be severely impacted by the effects of exposure. Working closely with chemicals can result in ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin, leading to debilitating health issues.
Toxic chemicals are also present in many consumer products. Asbestos in building materials is one example of chemical exposure that can occur outside of a situation involving employment or environmental contamination. People who live in older homes could be exposed to asbestos, which can lead to a whole host of problems, ranging from asbestosis to mesothelioma. Often, the long-term effects of asbestos exposure are deadly.
Manufacturers, companies, and other entities that are negligent can be held liable for toxic exposure. Most often, these claims take the form of mass torts or class action lawsuits, in which multiple affected people (known as “plaintiffs”) take legal action against a single liable entity (known as the “defendant”). However, it is also possible to file a single-plaintiff claim against a liable party.
In most cases, in order to bring a claim, you will need to prove the defendant owed you a duty of care and that the defendant breached this duty of care. You will also need to show that this breach was the proximate cause of your injuries and that you suffered measurable damages. Damages can be either economic in nature, such as medical bills and lost wages, or non-economic, including pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Corporations who prioritize their business over public health can expose their employees and others to the severe negative health effects of chemical exposure. At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP, we are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they deserve.
When you trust your case to our New York chemical exposure attorneys, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a legal team who knows how to navigate the system effectively. We have handled thousands of cases and have helped countless people throughout the U.S. take on major manufacturers, global corporations, and other massive entities—with success. We genuinely care about you and your recovery and will treat you with the care and attention you deserve.