Van Nuys Toxic Tort Lawyer
Free Consultations throughout the San Fernando Valley
Exposure to harmful chemicals can happen all at once, such as during a chemical spill, or slowly over time in the workplace. Dangerous chemicals can end up in the air, soil, or water that people come in contact with every day. Whether you were exposed to toxic substances at work or through contamination in your local environment, this exposure can result in disease or injury.
At Williams And Seemen, our Van Nuys toxic torts lawyers represent people throughout the San Fernando Valley who have become ill through exposure to toxins. We can investigate the circumstances that led to your injury and seek appropriate compensation on your behalf.
What Is a Toxic Tort Claim?
Exposure to toxic chemicals can show up in many ways in the human body, from causing cancers and rare blood diseases to birth defects, mesothelioma, and death.
There are also more common illnesses that you might not immediately associate with toxic exposure, such as:
- Learning disabilities in children
- Chronic respiratory problems
- Rare, deadly diseases that can surface years or even decades after exposure
If you were exposed to harmful chemicals, you have a right to seek compensation. Williams And Seemen can work to hold the negligent parties responsible for your injuries and accountable for your losses.
Proven Advocates Who Get Results
Toxic torts tend to involve large numbers of individuals taking action against huge corporations, so they are often handled as a class action. Whether we represent a class made up of employees who were exposed in the workplace or individuals who were harmed from taking a dangerous drug, we use our knowledge of this complex area of the law to obtain favorable settlements for our clients.
We handle toxic tort cases stemming from:
- Environmental chemical exposure — Air, water, soil contamination by arsenic, pesticides, chemical spills, hazardous waste dumping, brownfields and other contaminated places
- Occupational exposure to toxic substances — Asbestos, poor indoor air quality, mold, radiation, solvents, benzene, lead, vinyl chloride and coal tar pitch
- Residential exposure — Asbestos exposure, mold contamination, off-gassing of the hazardous chemicals found in building materials and other contaminants found in the home
The discovery that you have been poisoned from exposure to hazardous substances can be frightening and infuriating. At Williams And Seemen, we provide the strong advocacy your case deserves to hold negligent parties accountable.
How We Can Help You
As a law firm experienced in handling toxic tort cases, we understand both the science and the regulations that govern occupational and environmental exposure to harmful chemicals. We consult with a team of environmental scientists, medical professionals, and investigators to prove the origin and extent of your illness or injury.
If you choose us to represent you, we will press for full, fair compensation on your behalf for medical expenses now and in the future, lost wages, and possibly diminished future earning capacity.
Schedule your free consultation now by calling (818) 536-7776.
I have been in an accident, what should I do?
If you have been involved in an accident there are certain steps you should take to make sure you are properly compensated for your damaged property, medical bills and injuries. Always make sure to gather as much information as you can about the other party. This includes vehicle descriptions, license plate number, insurance information, and contact information. Be certain to gather the contact information for any witnesses because many people leave the scene of an accident believing the other party has accepted responsibility only to find out later that the other party is actually placing you at fault. Also take photos of the scene, damage to all vehicles involved, and the individuals involved. If there is a police officer on the scene, get his/her name, badge or I.D. number, and contact information. This information will be useful when attempting to obtain the police report. These are just a few things to keep in mind to streamline the handling of your claim. Below is a list of common most common questions we receive regarding personal injury claims.
Should I hire an attorney or go with the public defender?
Public Defenders are licensed attorneys who have a lot of knowledge and experience. They are assigned to your case, and unfortunately you cannot chose who is the one representing you. Typically public defenders have a very heavy case load–they handle a lot of cases every single day. They usually do not give the time to update their clients on what is happening on their cases, and if you do not like your public defender you cannot not request a new one. You also cannot talk to your public defender before your arraignment–you usually will meet them at arraignment–thus discussions about bail, a case strategy before you even walk into the courthouse does not happen. The Public Defender does a valuable and important service of representing those who cannot afford hiring an attorney. If you can afford an attorney, hire a skilled, capable defense firm that listens to you and forms a strategy you will be comfortable with. Your attorney should fight for your rights, and give you comfort that you are receiving the best representation possible.
Why should I hire an attorney, can't I just handle my claim myself?
The short answer is yes, you can handle your personal injury claim yourself, but it is never a good idea. Remember, the insurance company is there to represent the best interest of their insured. This means they will sometimes try to deny liability for your property damage, minimize your medical expenses, or outright deny your claim for bodily injury compensation. Personal injury law is complex and requires an experienced professional to analyze every factor involved in your case to ensure your rights are protected. This is why it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney with an in depth knowledge of the law to secure the best possible outcome for you and your family.