Environmental Law & Toxic Torts

At Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, our experienced environmental law attorneys represent victims of contamination. These victims may have been exposed to:

  • Lead-based paint
  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Radon
  • Benzene
  • Gasoline
  • “Sick building”
  • Mold
  • Mycotoxins

Toxic Tort Litigation

Toxic tort litigations are personal injury and property damage claims that result from an episode of contamination, pollution, or negligent release of hazardous chemicals or other substances. A toxic tort claim can be brought by an individual or a defined plaintiff class in a mass tort claim. The contamination can be in:

  • Air
  • Water (lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, or groundwater)
  • Soil

Toxic tort lawsuits are often the result of corporate wrongdoing. These wrongful acts include:

  • Underground fuel tank failure
  • Unauthorized disposal of hazardous substances or wastes
  • Polluting water with dangerous chemicals
  • Leaks in toxic chemical storage sites
  • Hazards from pesticide storage or use
  • Failure to warn, disclose or report toxic chemical risks
  • Allowing mold and mycotoxins to infest a residential building

Victims of contamination may suffer from a variety of illnesses:

  • Cancer
  • Respiratory problems, such as asthma or difficulty in breathing
  • Skin disorders
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Other victims of contamination may suffer property damages if they are homeowners. Depending on the circumstances, victims may be able to recover medical expenses, damages for pain and suffering, and damages for reduction in property value. Sometimes the court may order medical monitoring to track the health status of victims of contamination. In some instances, punitive damages may be assessed against the defendants if the court finds their behavior to be reckless and intentional.

Contact an Experienced Environmental Litigation Attorney

Arias Sanguinetti Stahle & Torrijos has extensive experience in toxic tort and environmental law litigation. If you believe you are a victim of contamination, contact one of our experienced environmental law attorneys today.