Toxic Exposure and Poison

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

Have you been exposed to a toxic substance and suffered a serious or life-threatening injury?  In many cases, the effects of a toxic chemical or poison won’t appear for days, weeks, and sometimes even months after the initial exposure.  Toxins and poisons can afflict homes in many different ways, including through the growth of toxic mold, dangerous household cleaners, and environmental contamination. Many Americans also suffer injuries from exposure to toxic substances while they’re at work.

In particular, exposure to asbestos has led to serious and fatal injuries.  People can be exposed to dangerous toxins through the food they eat and the water they drink, but also through simply living and/or working in a structure that contains a toxic substance.  Whether you were exposed to a toxic substance in your home or at your place of employment, we can help you to seek compensation for your injuries.  An experienced Florida toxic substances lawyer can answer your questions for you today.

Types of Toxic Substances and Poisons

What kinds of toxic substances are most likely to cause environmental injuries?  Toxic exposure claims include but are not limited to some of the following issues:

  • Toxic mold in homes and workplaces
  • Lead paint at home and at the office
  • Chemical spills and burns at work
  • Environmental contamination, including soil, air, and water contamination from toxic substances
  • Pesticides on foods
  • Sewage and landfill contamination
  • Mercury exposure at home and at work
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Asbestos exposure leading to mesothelioma

When you are exposed to a toxic substance, you can be subject to serious bodily harms.  In particular, you may experience some of the following injuries:

  • Brain injury, including headaches and dizziness
  • Spinal cord injury, which can also involve headaches and dizziness
  • Respiratory system injury, including coughing and difficulty breathing
  • Skin rashes and severe dermatitis
  • Cancer, including mesothelioma

Potential Liability for Toxic Exposure Injuries

Property owners have a duty to keep their properties free from hazards, and employers have a duty to ensure that their employees aren’t exposed to certain environmental injury risks.  If you rent your home, your landlord is required to maintain the property and to repair dangerous problems, such as leaky pipes that can lead to the growth of toxic mold.  Under Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes, a tenant may withhold rent in certain circumstances when a landlord has failed to make repairs.  If you were exposed to a dangerous toxin at another person’s property, you also may be able to file a premises liability claim.

While the relationship between a landlord and a tenant is governed by state law in Florida, federal laws require employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers “must provide their employees with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and must follow all OSHA safety and health standards.”  

OSHA also requires employers to make efforts to reduce certain hazards by making changes in the workplace.  These changes can include using safer chemicals and using ventilation systems in addition to providing personal protective equipment.  Toxic exposure injuries can be devastating, and they can lead to fatalities. 

 If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an environmental accident or has suffered injuries from toxic exposure, it’s important to speak with an experienced Florida toxic exposure attorney about your claim. Call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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