The right to live in a safe environment is essential to both your physical health and mental well-being.
Unfortunately, dangerous substances can leak into your water supply, permeate your air, or contaminate your food. As a result, you may suffer serious health consequences.
If another person or company exposed you to poison, you should not have to bear the burden of your medical expenses and lost wages alone.
Negligent defendants have a responsibility to provide fair compensation for the full extent of your losses.
A Michigan poisoning lawyer from Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. may be able to help you to hold the at-fault parties accountable for their actions. Experienced attorneys could investigate the cause of your illness and demand appropriate payments for your injuries.
Toxic Substances and their Effects on the Human Body
There are thousands of toxic substances that can have a negative impact on human health. Some chemicals are inherently dangerous and can cause severe complications with even brief exposure. Others are safe in small quantities but become dangerous in higher doses.
Some common poisons include pesticides and herbicides, such as Roundup. Companies and private citizens use these products to keep their gardens free of pests and kill weeds. However, recent studies indicate that many of these substances can cause cancer, such as Mesothelioma. Worse, these chemicals may leech into the groundwater, affecting everyone in a substantial area.
Nearly every Michigan family owns bleach, glass cleaner, or solvents, but these chemicals can be deadly if ingested. Even brief exposure can sometimes cause chemical burns or respiratory problems.
The list of potential complications from poisoning is nearly endless, and specific symptoms depend on the nature of the substance itself and the length of exposure. A Michigan poisoning attorney could help plaintiffs identify the full effect of poisoning on their lives and gather medical evidence to demonstrate the defendant’s negligence.
Poisoning as a Cause of Action in Civil Court
Most poisonings are the results of accidents. Even so, the law states that a defendant may still be liable if their careless or reckless actions directly led to the accident. The plaintiffs in these cases must provide evidence that a defendant’s failure to take appropriate care in the handling or application of toxic substances resulted in their poisoning.
For example, a construction company may use dangerous chemicals to treat wood or other building materials. If their employees negligently handle the substance or overapply it, homeowners or their children may have health complications as a result. Other common examples include food poisoning due to unsanitary conditions at a restaurant and carbon monoxide and lead poisoning. In these situations, a poisoning lawyer in Michigan could help victims pursue a civil claim for damages.
The bar chart below shows the different types of accidental deaths in the United States in 2017. Poisoning, which includes drug overdoses, is the leading killer by a significant margin, accounting for nearly 65,000 accidental deaths in 2017.
Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Settlement Example
A wrongful death lawsuit was filed for a woman volunteering at a local lodge. She went into the basement of the lodge to change a soda pop system.
The system pump was negligently installed and it caused the release of CO2 in the unvented basement.
The woman was overcome with carbon dioxide poisoning. She was discovered passed out in the hospital and died five days later from brain damage.
A lawsuit was filed against both the lodge and the manufacturer. The case settled for $8.16 million.
Let a Michigan Poisoning Attorney Fight for Your Interests
Poisonings can have a serious and long-term effect on your health. Toxic chemical exposure can affect your gastrointestinal system, your lungs, your heart, or your brain. As a result, victims of poisoning may never fully recover.
If another party is responsible for exposing you to a dangerous substance, you may have the right to collect compensation. A successful claim can recover payments for any medical expenses, loss in quality of life, lost earnings, and more.
A Michigan poisoning lawyer from Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could help to pursue your case in an effective and timely manner. Call today to schedule a consultation.
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