Toxic torts are a subset of personal injury law involving injuries that are caused by exposure to toxic substances. And like some personal injury cases, toxic tort cases are some of the most complex claims and require skilled representation. This article will discuss some examples or situations of different types of toxic tort defendants that may arise.
There are many situations that may result in toxic tort lawsuits and these involve different types of defendants. Any person, entity or company that exposes others to toxic substances may be a defendant in a toxic tort lawsuit. Some examples of possible defendants in a toxic tort lawsuit include the following:
- Companies responsible for illegally dumping waste and chemicals – the illegal dumping of waste and chemicals in an area results in the poisoning of groundwater. However, these substances aren’t limited to groundwater but can also be released into the air as dangerous toxins and gases. Thus, resulting in air pollution.
- Employers who allow toxic hazards at a work site – some employers out of negligence allow toxic hazards to be present at a work site. Or the employers fail to give the adequate person protective clothing or equipment to their workers. Some employees that require safety equipment in order to perform their work and avoid exposure to toxic hazards include:
- construction workers
- utility workers
3. Building owners aware of asbestos in the building – building owners who know about asbestos being in the building but fail to properly address it. In time the tenants of such buildings may suffer exposure
4. Landlords who paint over or hide toxic mold growth put residents at risk. In addition, landlords who use lead-based paints are liable for the exposure of their tenants
5. Manufacturers of defective medications which results in toxic shock. In addition, it may be manufacturers of drugs containing toxic substances.