In the 21st century, we can almost expect to experience exposure to chemicals. Maybe you use chemical-based oven cleaners, or perhaps you purchased a house with lead paint or some remaining asbestos that has yet to be removed.
Another example is pesticides. Pesticides in widespread use can seep into your water and contaminate your land without you knowing about it until you’ve already experienced extremely negative effects.
Pesticide exposure is one of many types of environmental injuries you can sue for as a type of toxic tort lawsuit. Below, we list three crucial questions to ask yourself if you think you could have a pesticide suit worth filing.
1. Were You Aware of the Pesticide’s Effects?
Some pesticide exposure may come from pesticide use around the house. You may not realize that your family members are particularly prone to pesticide reactions until you’ve already sprayed for spiders or hired a chemical-based pesticide company to deal with your ant problem.
Unfortunately, in these cases, you can only sue for compensation in certain circumstances. Pesticides usually come with warning labels. As the consumer, you’re expected to thoroughly read warning labels and use pesticides at your own risk.
Additionally, if you used the pesticide other than in the manner prescribed by the manufacturer, you’ll be liable for resulting injuries, not the company who made the spray.
However, if a family member experienced a severe reaction not covered in the pesticide’s warning label, a pesticide company didn’t warn you about the effects of a certain chemical, or a manufacturer was aware of risks without informing you, you might have a toxic tort suit.
2. How Devastating Are Your Injuries?
Some personal injuries result in only minor injuries, but pesticide exposure is usually in a category all its own. The consequences of pesticide exposure can range from asthma to cancer — even death. Pesticides are particularly harmful to small children and can have consequences that last a lifetime, including birth defects.
Minor injuries aren’t always worth suing over, but if you or your family members incurred serious injuries or illnesses from pesticide exposure, you absolutely have the right to sue for reparations.
3. Are You Willing to Tackle a Large Corporation?
Occasionally, pesticide cases are simple settlements between individuals and either another individual or a smaller company. For instance, if your landscaping company failed to notify you of the pesticides they used and injured one of your family members, you could sue the company. If your neighbor used a pesticide that seeped into your lawn, you can sue them for damages.
However, pesticide suits — like many environmental personal injury cases — are usually more complicated than the typical individual vs. individual personal injury suits. Instead, these suits more likely to happen between you and one of the many large corporations that produce chemical pesticides.
Taking on a big corporation may sound scary. Big companies have thorough legal teams, especially companies that know they take environmental risks with devastating consequences. But the payoff for fighting these cases is immense, and not just in terms of financial compensation.
If a large company’s pesticides hurt you and your family, you’re not alone. Dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of others are undoubtedly in your same situation. When you work together with a capable lawyer, you stand up for every other victim — and potentially change laws that can have a massive environmental impact on future generations.
Did you and your household members have exposure to dangerous pesticides? The Cochran Firm – Huntsville has a thorough background in environmental injuries. Schedule your consultation today to start righting the wrongs you and your family have suffered.