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Toxic Torts

"Toxic torts" refers to an area of the law dealing with alleged injuries to a person or their property resulting from exposure to dangerous or toxic substances or products.

Exposure to toxic fumes or substances can be hazardous to your health, and sometimes even fatal. When your exposure to a toxic substance is the result of the carelessness or recklessness of another person or company, and you are injured as a result, you may be entitled to economic compensation or other remedies. In toxic tort and toxic exposure cases, determining who is at fault for a serious injury or untimely death can be complicated. Often times there is a latency period of many years after exposure before injury manifests itself.

We represent toxic tort victims from Galveston to Houston, including communities in the counties of Galveston, Harris, Brazoria, Montgomery, Liberty and Fort Bend. The following list includes some of the types of toxic tort injuries that we handle:

  • Carbon monoxide & radiation
  • Chemical burns & exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Mercury & lead paint
  • PCBs & other hazardous materials
  • Prescriptions, medications or supplements such as Ephedrine or Fen-Phen
  • Toxic mold litigation
  • Water contamination

Toxic torts occur when a personal injury results from exposure to an environmental hazard, such as a dangerous chemical or substance, radiation, or disease-causing agents. Damages from a toxic tort can vary; some exposures result in minor irritations such as rashes or respiratory discomfort, while others may result in serious disease or death. A toxic tort can affect a worker at a chemical plant, a resident living nearby, or the end user of the chemical product. Victims of a toxic tort can recover damages for their medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive or other damages.

Since damages due to exposure to a toxic hazard may take years to become apparent, it can be very difficult to prove a link between the exposure and the damage. It is important to begin a suit as soon as possible after discovering damages from an exposure, since the statute of limitations will begin counting down as soon as it becomes reasonable for the victim to have discovered the damage. Furthermore, a link between the exposure and the defendant's conduct must be made. The defendant in a toxic tort suit is usually a large company or corporation, which means that a victim will need to have a skilled attorney who can call on the resources necessary to build a successful case.

We have extensive experience in representing and defending individuals and corporations in cases involving exposure to toxic and other dangerous substances, forms of energy, and devices, including asbestos, chemicals and cosmetics, hazardous waste, medical products and devices, pesticides, pharmaceutical products, radiation and electromagnetic energy.

If you fear that you may have suffered damages due to a toxic tort, you should contact us as soon as possible.

Danny M. Sheena, P.E.

The Sheena Law Firm
2500 West Loop South, Suite 518
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 224-6508 - Office
(713) 225-1560 - Fax

Email: [email protected]


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