In the area of toxic chemical cases you really need to be able to identify whether or not the injured person is suffering from a signature disease as a result of a toxin or if they have a more general condition. How would someone go about figuring that out? Experience. Experience is going to be critical in understanding what the signature diseases are for a specific toxin and knowing how to proceed once it’s known.
What do I mean by signature disease? Well, for instance, there’s a well known toxin called asbestos. And one of the signature diseases for asbestos is mesothelioma. When you tell a lawyer that you have mesothelioma, it’s important that they first think of a possible exposure to asbestos. Was it at work? Was it on your Daddy’s clothes when you were a little child? Was it environmental? They have to know that mesothelioma is a signature disease of exposure to asbestos.
Other signature diseases occur from exposure to Benzene and solvents. Certain types of leukemia are specific to exposure to Benzene. You need someone with the experience to figure out what it is that caused the condition with which you have been diagnosed.
But sometimes it can be more generalized than that. For instance, you can have exposure to something and be told your condition was a result. Well, that’s okay, but you’re going to need to find a lawyer with the experience to find the expert toxicologist, which is a doctor who specializes in what toxins cause which injuries. You’ll also need a medical doctor who knows how to narrow down what it is that caused your condition. And that requires a very experienced lawyer who knows how to reach out and find the right kind of expert to do those things.
Drugs can also contain toxins that cause more general conditions. Often times, a drug is marketed without the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, being told the truth by the drug manufacturer. Then lo and behold, you develop a heart valve defect, you have a stroke, or you start to lose the feeling in your fingers and toes. The question is, was it due to the toxin in the drug or was it because you were exposed to a chemical at work? You have to have a lawyer who can look at your condition and investigate your case so that it can be proven to a judge and jury,
If you pick up the phone and call me, I can at least point you in the right direction. If I don’t know much about the toxin you’ve been exposed to, I can recommend a lawyer who does know. Find a lawyer who has experience with the specific toxin and condition you’re suffering from. Don’t make an exception. Call us at 855-344-9100, if you have any questions.