Filing a Lawsuit for Exposure to Hazardous Materials

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People are exposed to toxic chemicals every day. Hazardous chemicals make their way into the food we eat, are present in pesticides we use on our lawns and gardens and can be found in common household cleaning products. In addition, many people face toxic chemical exposure at work.

Fortunately, most instances of toxic chemical exposure do not result in adverse reactions or serious injuries. But when a toxic chemical exposure does result in injury or death, you and your family may be entitled to compensation.

If you believe you or someone you love was injured by exposure to a toxic chemical, a dangerous chemical exposure attorney can assess your case and help you seek compensation for your injuries.

Toxic chemical exposure lawsuits are complicated. There are numerous state and federal laws that may apply, and the science behind proving that exposure to a toxic chemical caused your injuries is complex. By working with an experienced dangerous chemical exposure lawyer, you increase the likelihood that you and your family can successfully recover compensation for your injuries.

Common Types of Toxic Chemical Exposures

Toxic chemicals are organic and inorganic substances that are hazardous to human health if they are ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin or other surfaces of the body. Common substances that result in toxic chemical injuries include exposure to:

  • Pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides
  • Asbestos
  • Food coloring and flavoring chemicals
  • Acetone
  • Soil, water, and air contamination
  • Lead poisoning
  • Bromine
  • Chlorine
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Cyanogen
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Carbon monoxide

Toxic chemical exposure can occur when people are unaware of the dangers and risks of the chemicals they are being exposed to. While a single incident of toxic chemical exposure is often not life-threatening, prolonged and repeated exposure to many chemicals can result in serious, life-changing injuries, and even death.

If you or someone you love was injured as a result of exposure to a toxic chemical, you may be eligible for compensation.

How to Know If You Were Injured by Toxic Chemicals

Signs and symptoms of toxic chemical exposure will vary depending on the nature and amount of the toxic chemical you were exposed to. Common signs and symptoms of toxic chemical exposure may include:

Type of Injury

Area Affected



Nose, throat, and lungs

Difficulty breathing, chest tightness


Digestive tract

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea



Back pain, changes in urine color or frequency


Brain, nerves, and spinal cord

Headache, dizziness, confusion





Skin and eyes

Irritation, rash, redness, swelling


Reproductive organs

Infertility, miscarriage

Various types of cancer can also be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.

If you believe you have been exposed to a toxic chemical, you should seek medical attention immediately. You should also contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.

Toxic Chemicals at Work

People also face toxic chemical exposure in the workplace. If you were exposed to a toxic chemical while on the job, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. But you may also be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a claim for an employer intentional tort or another workplace injury claim. An attorney can assist you in proving that your employer:

  • Did not provide adequate training for proper handling of toxic chemicals
  • Failed to provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Did not perform preventative maintenance to prevent an accident
  • Required you to use hazardous chemicals in your daily work
  • Failed to provide prompt and appropriate medical care after an exposure or injury
  • Did not provide adequate warning about the nature of the chemical you were using

How a Toxic Chemical Exposure Attorney Can Help

Proving that exposure to a toxic chemical caused your injuries is often a difficult process. These lawsuits are typically filed against large corporations that are represented by highly paid and experienced defense attorneys. To successfully recover the compensation you deserve, you need to work with an equally experienced toxic chemical attorney who has the resources to represent you properly.

The Robenalt Law Firm frequently works with scientists and healthcare professionals to assist our clients in determining the type of toxic chemical they were exposed to and proving that it was this exposure that caused your injuries.

Robenalt Law: Fighting for Compensation for People Injured by Toxic Chemical Exposure

If you were injured or someone you love died because of exposure to a toxic chemical, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. The toxic chemical exposure attorneys at Robenalt Law are here to help. We have the experience, resources, and expertise to take on large corporate defendants and prove that they caused your injuries.

We handle toxic chemical exposure lawsuits on a contingency fee, which means we don’t get paid unless we recover money for you.

We invite you to learn more about our team and why people choose us, to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and to contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case.

Tom Robenalt started his litigation career representing insurance companies and other corporate defendants at a large firm in Cleveland. For the past 25 years, he has used that experience to help people who have been catastrophically injured or killed due to exposure to toxic chemicals.

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