While an accident such as an arm broken by a mishandled forklift or a fall from scaffolding failure are quite clearly workplace injuries, the injuries caused by toxic exposures can take months, years, or even decades to develop. Some companies banked on the fact that a workers wouldn’t know where their cancer had come from by the time the disease became apparent.
Indeed, many smokers exposed to asbestos who develop lung cancer don’t consider the deadly effect asbestos had: raising their risk of developing lung cancer from just over 10 percent from smoking alone to more than 50 percent when combined with asbestos exposure.
The toxic, often carcinogenic, effects of exposure to minerals like asbestos, chemicals such as benzene and PCBs, and heavy metals like lead have injured thousands of people. Since the 1970s, our toxic tort lawyers have been protecting the rights of those injured by toxic exposures. Our clients have been injured by these toxic products on the job, through secondary exposure (like when a wife shakes the asbestos dust from her husband’s clothes), and through contact with seemingly harmless household products.
Over the last three decades, GPW has grown into one of the largest law firms in Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia representing injured workers and their families. A large number of our cases involve toxic exposures and we have a long history of successfully prosecuting asbestos cases. If you have been injured by a toxic exposure, contact our toxic tort attorneys today to review your case.
Occupational diseases can be tricky to pinpoint. It is important to understand the toxic substance, its effects, and its effects in combination with other exposures. Many clients have not worked at a particular power plant or chemical company for years; your attorney needs an understanding of the industry as a whole, a familiarity with local jobsites and companies, and a knowledge base of the thousands of products used.
For more than 30 years, our attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff have been pioneers in toxic tort lawsuits. Our understanding of toxic substances, their effects, and our familiarity with thousands of industrial sites and dangerous products means the tedious research has been done. GPWs base of knowledge and decades of experience mean we are already prepared to effectively and aggressively defend your rights.
Your case is unique, so let us respond directly to your needs by letting us know about your case. There is no cost or obligation to speak with one of our toxic tort attorneys, so contact us today. Time limits, or statutes of limitations, can affect your rights, so don’t delay.
We have helped many people who have been injured themselves, but also many families who’ve lost loved ones to toxic exposures, and also to those who have suffered as a result of second-hand exposure. Contact us today to find out how our toxic tort lawyers can help you.