Every day, people are exposed to small amounts of dangerous chemicals or substances with no complications. However, when people are exposed to hazardous amounts of asbestos, carbon monoxide, or pesticides, they can develop life-threatening conditions. For example, asbestos can be present in the construction materials of commercial buildings and homes. Lead can seep into the water supply. Herbicides and pesticides that homeowners use or that get used commercially can contain lethal chemicals.
When people get hurt because of toxins that other people, corporations, or cities release to the public (or fail to remove), a Franklin environmental lawyer at The Cochran Firm – Nashville can help. If you became ill or a loved one passed away because of such a substance, you may be able to pursue a claim for financial compensation.
You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 for a no-cost consultation. There is no obligation.
Health Problems That Toxic Substances Can Cause
Sometimes, we find out that products intended to make our lives better actually cause harm. With some things, like asbestos, the physical damage might not show up for 20 or 30 years after exposure, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). There was a time when people thought asbestos was a great resource because it was an excellent insulator and fire protectant.
In the late 1970s, however, the use of asbestos declined when people learned that exposure to the material could cause lung disease and cancer, per ATSDR. Yet, despite this information, corporations continued using asbestos in the construction of buildings nationwide.
Many other dangerous products followed a similar path. Another example includes the case of Zantac. This drug was used by millions of people who were seeking relief from gastroesophageal issues. However, as early as September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began releasing reports of the drug’s potential to cause cancer. Currently, there are many pending lawsuits and mass torts intending to hold the makers of Zantac responsible for their actions.
If you were harmed or a loved one passed away due to a toxic chemical or substance, you could have the basis of a case for compensation.
Per ATSDR, here are some examples of health problems that toxic substances can cause:
- Lead poisoning and brain damage
- Lung disease
- Hodgkin’s disease
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Aplastic anemia
If you or a loved one experienced any of these diseases, you might want to talk with an environmental lawyer to see if you are eligible for compensation. It can be challenging to prove which manufacturer made the item that harmed you. A Franklin environmental lawyer can investigate your claim, gather evidence, and work to hold a corporation or city accountable for hurting you.
The Cochran Firm – Nashville offers free consultations. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 to get started.
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Why Work with a Franklin Environmental Lawyer
Tennessee law does not force you to work with a lawyer on your toxic tort or dangerous substance case, but it can be smart to do so.
Here are three reasons why you might want to consider working with a lawyer on your claim:
Corporations Do Not Take Claims or Lawsuits Lightly
Billion-dollar corporations can intimidate individuals who try to hold them accountable for the harm they cause. When hundreds or thousands of people sue a company for environmental or toxic torts, the corporation could go bankrupt. With so much at stake, companies fight to deflect fault or liability. Your lawyer could handle all communications with the involved parties and their legal counsel so that you do not have to.
A Lawyer Can Negotiate with the Insurance Companies
These massive corporations carry liability insurance to defend their interests and pay out claims. Liability insurance companies sometimes have resources in the range of millions to billions of dollars. Unfortunately, the way that some insurers make their profits is by paying as little money as possible on claims. A Franklin environmental lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation that covers the extent of your losses.
You Only Have a Short Time to Act
The statute of limitations could invalidate your right to go after compensation for your losses. In TN Code §28-3-104, Tennessee limits the time you have to file a lawsuit when seeking compensation for personal injury. Yet, this timeline could be extended based on when you discovered that your illness was linked to a dangerous substance. If you wait too long to take action, Tennessee law could bar you from pursuing monetary damages.
You do not have to face these challenges alone. A Franklin environmental lawyer at The Cochran Firm – Nashville may be able to help you.
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Damages for Toxic Tort and Environmental Substance Harm
The amount of compensation you can go after for your environmental and toxic tort injury claim will depend on the facts of your situation. We cannot speculate as to the monetary value of your case until after we talk with you and investigate what happened.
Here are a few examples of the types of monetary damages you may be able to recover:
- Lost income. You may be able to recover compensation that gives you coverage from your missed time from work. Wages, salary, self-employment, and other forms of regular income can fit into this category.
- Medical bills. You may be able to recover compensation for the reasonable cost of the treatment you needed for the harm you suffered from the dangerous chemical or substance.
- Decreased earning capacity. If your illness or injury leaves you unable to make as much money as you did before getting sick or hurt, you could be compensated for this loss.
- Noneconomic damages. You may be able to recover the cost of pain and suffering, disability, and impaired quality of life.
You might have additional losses that could be compensable.
Call Today to Learn More
At The Cochran Firm – Nashville, we strive to help people when they get hurt because of the carelessness or greed of others. You will not have to pay any upfront legal fees to get our help. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we get paid from any settlement proceeds or award at the conclusion of the matter. You can call us today at (615) 651-7451 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.