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A toxic tort is a particular type of personal injury lawsuit in which the plaintiff claims that exposure to a chemical caused the plaintiff's injury or disease.


People are typically exposed to toxic chemicals from pharmaceuticals, from consumer products, from the environment, in the home, and at work. Most toxic tort cases arise either from exposure to pharmaceutical drugs or occupational exposures.


There have also been many occupational toxic tort cases, because industrial and other workers are often chronically exposed to toxic chemicals - more so than consumers and residents. Most of the law in this area arises from asbestos exposure. However, thousands of toxic chemicals are used in industry and workers in these areas can experience a variety of toxic injuries. Unlike the general population, which is exposed to trace amounts of thousands of different chemicals in the environment, industrial workers are regularly exposed to much higher levels of chemicals and therefore have a greater risk of developing disease from particular chemical exposures than the general population.


Occupational toxic tort cases arise from work but differ from workers' compensation claims, because workers' compensation claims are made against the worker's employer, while an occupational toxic tort case usually must be brought against "third parties", i.e., people or entities other than the employer—usually manufacturers or distributors of chemicals or the machines or devices that expose the worker to the chemicals, or the owners and lessors of premises where the worker was exposed to the toxic chemicals.


Common chemicals in toxic tort cases

  • Nerve Agents
  • Mercury
  • Sarin
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds / Agent Orange
  • Manganese Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
  • Pesticides
  • Silica Hexavalent chromium
  • Cr2O3


Common diseases in toxic tort cases

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Asbestosis
  • Berylliosis
  • Byssinosis
  • Hodgkins disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Manganism
  • Mesothelioma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Pneumoconiosis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Silicosis
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura


This page uses material from the Wikipedia article "Toxic Tort", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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