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New York City Toxic Exposure
A toxic substance is anything that can harm a biological organism upon exposure. Depending on the substance and the degree of exposure, the results may range from temporary side effects to serious injury and even death.
New York City toxic exposure lawsuits aren’t as uncommon as many people think. Toxic substances are all around us, and when laws and regulations regarding their safe handling aren’t followed, people can get hurt.
Whether you were exposed to asbestos in an outdated building, contaminated drinking water in a restaurant, or a dangerous chemical at work, if someone else’s carelessness caused your toxic exposure, you may be entitled to compensation.
Compensation for Expenses and Damages
One of the first steps in any New York City toxic exposure case is determining what impact the exposure has had on your life physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially.
Any expenses you incur as a result of the exposure should be factored into your personal injury lawsuit:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate the injury
- And more!
Toxic Exposure at Work
Many jobs involve handling dangerous substances and chemicals. Employers are required to educate their employees regarding the safe handling of these substances and to provide the necessary equipment.
If you were injured at work due to your employer’s negligence, call our office. We can help you determine your options for pursuing financial compensation, including discussing the differences between filing a lawsuit and a workers compensation claim.
Toxic Exposure at Home
If you rent an apartment or house, you have the right to expect your landlord to properly maintain the property and ensure it is kept up to code.
If you were exposed to a toxic substance in your home—such as lead or asbestos—because your landlord was attempting to cut corners, your landlord is directly responsible for any resulting injuries to you and your family. In cases such as this, you could have a clear New York City toxic exposure case and be owed financial compensation.
Statute of Limitations
New York has a statute of limitations of three years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. If you do not file within this time frame, you could lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
Once your case passes the statute of limitations, the other party can ask the court to throw the case out.
However, if you were unaware that you suffered an incident of New York City toxic exposure at the time, the statute of limitations will then apply as soon as you do become aware. A judge will ultimately determine whether to hear the case if the statute has been reached.
Contact a New York City Attorney
New York City toxic exposure cases are as varied as the toxic substances involved. Regardless of the circumstances, if someone else caused your exposure, you can hold that person or entity responsible.
We can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling 1-800-VICTIM2 (1-800-842-8462).