Harmed By a Toxic Exposure in Jersey City? Call Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney for Help
At The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, our Jersey City toxic exposure lawyer has the skills, knowledge, and legal experience that injured victims can count on. Our law firm is aggressive in pursuing justice for people harmed by toxic substances. If you or your family member was injured or made ill by toxic exposure, we can help. For a free, strictly confidential consultation with a New Jersey toxic exposure illness attorney, please do not hesitate to contact our Jersey City law office.
What is Toxic Exposure?
A broad term, toxic exposure is defined as any contact with a natural or man-made substance that causes harm to the body. Toxic exposure can be direct or indirect. Direct toxic exposure occurs when a person is harmed by potentially dangerous substances and makes contact with their skin, eyes, or when it is ingested directly through breathing or swallowing. Indirect toxic exposure occurs when a person is exposed to harmful amounts of a substance through the environment.
Toxic Exposure Can Occur in Many Different Circumstances
One of the things that make toxic exposure cases complex is that exposure to a dangerous amount of a harmful substance can happen in a wide range of different circumstances. While there are some exceptions, toxic exposure cases usually fit into one of three broad categories: 1) Exposure caused by contact with the skin (including the eyes), 2) Exposure caused by ingesting (eating/drinking the substance, or 3) Exposure caused by breathing in a harmful substance. Some notable examples of toxic exposure cases that have arisen in New Jersey in recent years include:
- Asbestos exposure;
- Toxic mold exposure;
- Water contamination (water pollution);
- Soil contamination (soil pollution);
- Use of dangerous and harmful pesticides; and
- Metal poisoning, including lead and mercury.
The Effects of Toxic Exposure are Not Always Immediate
Notably, the adverse health effects of toxic exposure can be immediate or they can develop gradually over time—it can even take decades. How quickly toxic exposure will impact the victim depends entirely on the specific substance in question and the nature of the exposure. Do not assume that you are without legal options simply because the toxic exposure occurred many years ago. As an example, this is often an issue in asbestos exposure cases in New Jersey. A manufacturer or other corporation may have exposed many different employees to dangerous levels of asbestos at worksites years ago. Workers exposed to asbestos are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma and other medical complications.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Toxic Exposure Injuries & Illnesses in New Jersey?
In many cases, the victims of toxic exposure are employees. Though, there are also plenty of cases in which others, including members of the general public, are exposed to dangerous levels of harmful substances because of the poor safety practices of businesses or organizations. All toxic exposure cases require a comprehensive investigation by an experienced attorney. Any party found at fault for the toxic exposure may be legally liable. Potential defendants in a toxic exposure case in New Jersey may include:
- Other corporations; and
- Property owners.
Toxic Exposure: Individual Lawsuits and Class Action Claims
A toxic exposure claim can be pursued as an individual lawsuit. If you or your loved one was harmed by a toxic chemical, you may have a claim against the at-fault party. At the same time, many toxic exposure cases are pursued as class action lawsuits. The reason is that multiple victims may have been exposed to a toxic substance in a similar manner due to the unsafe and improper conduct of the defendant. A class-action lawsuit can be a more effective and efficient way for plaintiffs to get justice and compensation in certain circumstances.
Recovering Compensation for Injuries Caused By Toxic Exposure
You may be wondering: How much compensation can be recovered in a toxic exposure case in New Jersey? The answer depends on a wide variety of different factors. Ultimately, toxic exposure claims are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You should consult with a Jersey City toxic exposure lawyer who can help you determine the value of your claim. Do not rely on a defendant or an insurance company—their interests are not aligned with your interests. You may be eligible to recover compensation for many different types of damages, including:
- Property damage;
- Emergency room care;
- Hospital bills;
- Medical expenses;
- Physical therapy;
- Mental health support;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Physical scarring or disfigurement;
- Long-term disability; and
- Wrongful death of a family member.
How New Jersey Toxic Exposure Attorney Anthony Carbone Can Help
Toxic exposure claims are complex. With more than three decades of experience practicing in New Jersey, our founder Anthony Carbone has what it takes to get victims justice, accountability, and compensation. Among other things, our Jersey City toxic exposure lawyer is prepared to:
- Listen to your story and answer your questions;
- Investigate the incident—securing relevant evidence;
- Gather and organize your medical records;
- Represent you in any settlement negotiations; and
- Take your toxic exposure claim as far as needed to maximize your recovery.
Every toxic substance injury/illness claim involves a unique set of facts. With a history of client testimonials and verdicts and settlements, you can rely on our Jersey City toxic exposure lawyer for fully personalized legal representation.
Get Help From Our Jersey City Toxic Exposure Attorney for Immediate Legal Help
At The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, our Jersey City toxic exposure lawyer is an aggressive, zealous advocate for victims and their families. No matter the specific nature of your case, we are here to help you get justice. Contact us today for a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case. With a law office located in Jersey City, we handle toxic exposure claims throughout the region, including in Newark, Elizabeth, Union, Woodbridge Township, North Bergen, West New York, and East Orange.