A toxic tort is a type of personal injury lawsuit where the plaintiff claims that exposure to a chemical caused the plaintiff’s injury or any disease. It’s a private or civil lawsuits that are brought against employers or manufacturers, suppliers, retailers or other responsible parties for the personal injuries or property damage that is caused by any toxic substances such as asbestos, pesticides. toxic mold, lead products and radioactive waste or materials.
Most of the toxic tort cases are due to asbestos exposure in occupational settings. Although most of the people are exposed to the chemicals daily, the exposure is to trace the amounts. Whereas the industrial employees are frequently exposed to much higher levels of chemicals that put them at greater risk of developing diseases.
The Pharmaceutical cases are often class action lawsuits that are brought against drug manufacturers, distributors, and the prescribing physicians. The Exposure to the mold, toxic construction materials, and pesticides in the house can also become toxic tort cases as well. As well as, the exposure to the environmental toxins in the air or water that has recently brought forth a number of new cases.
Toxic Tort Lawyers should have a bachelor’s degree, attended law school, and obtained a Juris Doctor. For a lawyer to practice law in the state of their choice, they should pass the bar exam. With an average of three years spent at law school, it is advisable to pursue internships and other opportunities that will give them an exposure to the field of toxic law.
Specific courses should also be taken in the law school such as the environmental and toxic law, covering toxic contamination of water, air, and the earth, also toxic substances marketed for the human use. In addition, the investigations of theories of liability, causation and injury issues, defenses, and other issues relevant to toxic exposure.
The Toxic tort cases can be quite complex. It needs thorough research skills, some m may need medical knowledge and a background in toxicology, the study of the adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms. Knowledge of the specific federals laws like the Occupational Health and Safety Act along with the understanding of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s regulations will give great benefit to a lawyer in this field.