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Toxic Tort

A toxic tort is a particular type of personal injury lawsuit in which the plantiff claims that exposure to a chemical caused the plaintiff's injury or disease.  You can learn more here about the basics of toxic tort law: liability for damage from pesticides, chemicals, and pharmaceutical drugs

People are typically exposed to toxic chemicals from pharmaceuticals, consumer products, the environment, their home, or their job site. Most toxic tort cases arise either from exposure to pharmaceutical drugs or occupational exposures.


Most pharmaceutical toxic injury cases are mass tort cases, as drugs are consumed by thousands of people. They are often litigated against drug manufacturers and distributors, as well as prescribing physicians. Pharmaceutical toxic tort cases differ from medical malpractice suits in that pharmaceutical toxic tort cases are essentially product liability cases, the defective product being the drug.

Consumer products

The home has recently become the subject of toxic tort litigation, due to exposure to mold contamination, construction materials such as wood or carpeting treated with formaldehyde, and pesticides.

Environmental causes

People can also be injured from environmental toxins in the air or in drinking water. In recent years, lawyers have been filing an increasing number of environmental toxic tort cases.

Common chemicals in toxic tort cases

  • Never Agents
  • Mercury
  • Sarin
  • Asbestos
  • Benzene 
  • Beryllium 
  • Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds / Agent Orange
  • Manganese
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)
  • Pesticides 
  • Silica 
  • Hexavalent chromium

Common diseases in toxic tort cases

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

Environmental or toxic tort law cases are very serious, difficult personal injury cases.  Most often toxic tort cases take on large corporations and can seem daunting.  The experienced personal injury attorneys at Collins & Collins Attorneys, LLC however, can help you every step of the way to ensure you receive any compensation you may be entitled to.

‚ÄčIf you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to exposure to a toxic material, please contact the experienced toxic tort attorneys at Collins & Collins today for your free consultation.