Beasley Allen aims to protect people and property from toxic chemicals. Toxic chemical exposure may occur over a long period of time at low doses, or serious injury may occur in a single incident involving a high concentration of chemicals or other toxins. We are especially concerned about severe lung injury or lung disease resulting from chemical or other toxic exposure, or a cancer diagnosis related to toxic exposure. This may occur in the workplace or as a result of environmental exposure from hazardous chemicals.
For example, someone who has worked in industries such as petroleum, rubber, railroad work or painting has a high likelihood of chronic exposure to benzene. Those in the agriculture industry may be exposed to glyphosate, the main ingredient in weedkiller Roundup, which has been linked to the development of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Another major focus of our Toxic Exposure practice involves claims of mesothelioma, which is a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos was widely used in commercial, residential and consumer applications for decades, even after manufacturers learned of its dangers. Asbestos has never been completely banned in the United States. We are investigating cases of industrial, occupational and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma.
Toxic exposure can also happen as a result of environmental exposure as a result of disasters such as the BP Oil Spill or the Tennessee Valley Authority Coal Ash Spill, which released over a billion gallons of coal ash sludge into the surrounding community. These events are unpredictable, but our team of lawyers stands ready to assist, from helping individual communities, cities and towns to representing states and regions against companies responsible for environmental disasters.
Even a community’s water supply can become contaminated by nearby industries and result in toxic exposure. As a result, state and municipal water systems are left struggling with costly upgrades to water filtration systems, while residents in their community are unable to drink their tap water for fear of water contamination. Our Firm works to hold the companies responsible for polluting the water system responsible for paying for its cleanup.
Toxic exposure can cause devastating health effects and leave victims with mounting medical bills, and Beasley Allen aims to hold those responsible for toxic exposure accountable. Our firm is experienced in these type cases and holds a $700 million verdict for PCB contamination, the largest private environmental settlement in U.S. history.