Understanding Florida Toxic Torts Law
Every day companies and industry release chemical toxins into our air, water and ground. Anyone who lives in the vicinity of one of these polluters are at an increased risk of suffering from a serious injury, ongoing health effects or, for those expecting or trying to conceive, birth defects in new born children. If you believe you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of being exposed to a toxic substance you may have the right to suit for damages in accordance with Florida’s toxic torts law. To learn more, it is highly advised that you contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Needless to say, toxins are very dangerous. But unlike other forms of personal injuries – such as a car accident where many times injuries are immediate – injury caused by toxic poisoning can take many years to show up. Common warning signs that you may be a victim of a toxic tort include:
- A cluster of cancer cases within a given residential area (i.e., higher than the national average)
- The number of birth defects within a specified area being much greater than average
Unfortunately, cancer and birth defects typically don’t show up until decades after the toxic contact. This not only makes it difficult to discover the toxic substance responsible for the injuries, but also makes it a challenge to demonstrate negligence (and thus liability) on the part of the company. This is why Florida has established a unique law to govern this type of tort.
By working with an experienced Florida toxic tort attorney, you will be able to establish that a toxic event either caused or increased the chance of your injury. To do this, he will work with doctors and scientist to evaluate the kind of substances that could have caused your injuries. With this information, the next step is to research how long the identified toxins take to cause your injuries, along with seeing how many other people who currently live or did live in your neighborhood at the time of the toxic event. With this information, the final step before filing a lawsuit is to see which companies in your area used the identified toxic chemicals.
To learn more about Florida’s toxic tort law, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for your free initial consultation.
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