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When individuals or large groups of people are harmed as a result of exposure to a dangerous or toxic substance—such as asbestos, lead, or groundwater contaminants—they may file what is known as an environmental tort or toxic tort. These are civil actions that aim to hold the liable party accountable for the injuries, illnesses, and other damages caused by toxic exposure. Potentially liable parties can include property owners, product manufacturers, government entities, and more.
The NYC environmental/toxic tort attorneys at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. have extensive experience navigating these types of complex claims. We have helped severely injured clients and the loved ones of those wrongfully killed due to someone else’s negligence fight for the full, fair recovery they were owed. We can help you understand your legal options and work to protect your right to receive compensation.
Environmental/toxic tort litigation is often very complex. In some cases, such as mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos, symptoms of toxic exposure may not appear for years or even decades. In other instances, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which environmental factor led to an illness or condition. In still other cases, there may be multiple at-fault parties and proving liability can be extremely complicated. If you believe that your injuries or illness was caused as a result of exposure to a harmful substance, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced attorney. Our firm can help you throughout each stage of the legal process.
We assist clients with a wide variety of toxic tort matters, including claims involving:
This list is not exhaustive; if you or your loved one suffered harm as a result of environmental/toxic exposure, reach out to our NYC toxic tort attorneys for a free consultation.
In most cases of toxic exposure, the party responsible for designing, manufacturing, distributing, or using a harmful substance has acted negligently. As such, affected individuals and their loved ones are entitled to compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages.
A tort is a type of personal injury claim that involves multiple plaintiffs, or injured parties. Due to the nature of toxic exposure, these parties typically suffer similar but different injuries, illnesses, conditions, etc. Because of this, each individual plaintiff has likely suffered unique damages and, therefore, may recover compensation on an individual level. Torts differ from class actions in this regard; in class actions, a single settlement/verdict may be reached, which is then distributed amongst all involved parties. In a tort, however, you may be able to recover compensation to cover your specific damages.
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