Who Do You Sue If You were Exposed to Toxic Chemicals in Florida?
Toxic chemical exposure is a serious incident that can result in a victim sustaining life-threatening injuries. Victims of toxic chemical exposure are entitled to know who is responsible for the accident so they can seek appropriate compensation from that individual or entity. If you or a family member were exposed to toxic chemicals, you should consult with an experienced Miami toxic chemical exposure injury lawyer as soon as possible. Injury lawyer Prosper Shaked has significant experience litigating toxic chemical exposure claims, and he is ready to work with you to pursue compensation for your injuries. The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked is here to discuss who can you sue if you were exposed to toxic chemicals in Florida.
Liability for Toxic Chemical Exposure Injuries in Florida
Exposure to toxic chemicals is often dangerous for any person. A victim of chemical exposure may develop a number of health conditions, many of which could be fatal. To gain compensation for a chemical exposure injury, a victim must know who is responsible for their injury so they can pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Ascertaining liability for a toxic chemical exposure claim is difficult because there are many factors to consider. One factor that must be considered is what toxic substances the victim was exposed to so it can be linked to their injuries. For example, asbestos poisoning is often linked to lung, laryngeal, and ovarian cancer. If you are unsure of what toxic chemicals caused your injuries, an experienced doctor may be able to provide you information that can point you in the right direction.
Once a victim learns about the toxic chemical he or she were exposed to, it will make it easier for a person to determine the manner in which they could have been exposed. Many victims of toxic chemical injuries are exposed at the workplace. This is especially true for workers that are employed at industrial plants like oil and gas companies that use an extensive amount of harmful chemicals.
Another factor that should be considered is that a victim may have difficulty determining when they were exposed to a toxic chemical. A victim of toxic chemical exposure may not exhibit symptoms immediately. Instead, the victim may become ill months or even a year after being overexposed to toxic chemicals. This can make it harder to determine when a victim can file suit against the negligent party that caused their injury.
If you are uncertain about who is responsible for your toxic chemical exposure, our firm can help you determine whether you have a valid case. To learn more about common injuries causes by toxic chemical overexposure, you should continue reading and contact our experienced Miami personal injury attorney.
Common Injuries Caused by Toxic Chemical Exposure
There are various types of toxic chemicals that can cause a person to develop a severe or life-threatening health condition due to overexposure. As mentioned, understanding the many types of toxic chemicals can help you link them to a chemical exposure injury. The following are some toxic chemicals that can be dangerous if a person is overexposed:
- Sewage gas
This is not a comprehensive list. These toxic chemicals have been linked to a variety of serious injuries from chronic severe burns to nerve damage. Other common injuries caused by toxic chemical exposure include:
- Eye injuries like loss of vision
- Lung and other respiratory injuries
- Organ damage
- Kidney failure
In some cases, the overexposure to toxic chemicals may even be fatal for a victim.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Toxic Chemical Exposure in Florida
If toxic chemical overexposure caused the death of your family member, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for their death. Note, however, that wrongful death lawsuits are only available for certain members of the decedent’s family. In Florida, the following family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a decedent:
- The spouse of the decedent
- Children of the decedent
- Parents of the decedent
- Relatives and other individuals that were reliant on the decedent for financial or other forms of support
- Personal representative of the estate of the decedent
Unfortunately, if you do not fit into any of these categories, you cannot file a wrongful death lawsuit. The reason for this limitation is to ensure that estranged family members do not take advantage of the death of their family member.
If a plaintiff is successful in a wrongful death lawsuit, the plaintiff can be awarded damages for the following:
- Medical expenses used to care for the decedent before death
- Loss of decedent’s earnings
- Compensation for burial expenses
- Loss of consortium
If you need assistance filing your wrongful death claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm.
Contact our Committed Florida Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawyer Today
If you or a family member was injured in a toxic chemical accident, consult with an experienced Miami workplace accident lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked, we believe that a victim’s toxic chemical poisoning should be adequately compensated for their injuries. Our firm is prepared to help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party responsible for your injuries. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your potential case, contact the Law Offices of Prosper Shaked at (305) 694-2676. You may also contact our legal team online.