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You Have Legal Options When Your Cancer Diagnosis is Linked to Asbestos, Environmental Toxins, & Dangerous Drugs
At The Ferraro Law Firm, our environmental toxic torts lawyers have decades of experience in helping victims of dangerous drugs and environmental toxins receive the compensation they deserve. Since 1985, we’ve made a name for ourselves when it comes to holding large companies accountable for their dangerous and irresponsible actions.
Each of our cases begins with an in-depth assessment of our client’s situation and the damages they’ve sustained due to toxic exposure to harmful chemicals. This helps us determine what we’ll need to investigate and how the litigation should proceed. The Ferraro Law Firm is committed to what’s best for each client, and we provide capable representation through all phases of litigation—including trial.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer caused by environmental exposure, contact our experienced environmental toxic tort attorneys today.
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What is Toxic Exposure?
The harmful effects of exposure to toxic chemicals can have an enormous impact on the human body. And unfortunately, the impact of certain chemicals may not be known until years later—so removing them from the market or placing additional warning labels won’t reverse the impact for those who have been using that chemical or material in the meantime. Toxic chemical exposure can happen to anyone, and you may not even know if you’ve been exposed.
Over the past 50 years, many “wonder drugs,” hazardous chemicals, and pesticides have been widely used—and then quickly discontinued. Just a few of the substances and drugs whose manufacturers we’ve held liable include:
- ZANTAC®, a commonly-used acid reflux medication that was contaminated with a known carcinogen. Those who took ZANTAC® that was contaminated with NDMA are at greater risk of developing stomach, bladder, and other types of cancer. If you’ve developed cancer after regular ZANTAC® use, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Paraquat, a powerful and toxic commercial herbicide that has been linked to Parkinson’s disease and other serious side effects. Although Paraquat has been banned in more than 30 countries, it’s still being used in the U.S.—in some areas more than ever.
- AFFF Foam, a fire retardant firefighting foam manufactured by major conglomerate 3M. AFFF foam is regularly used by firefighters and its carcinogens, including PFOS and PFAS, don’t break down in the environment—or in the human body. Currently, both individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and businesses and municipalities are suing over the individual and environmental impact of this foam.
Common Types of Toxic Exposure
Although asbestos hasn’t been used as a building material in the U.S. since the mid-1970s, it’s still fairly commonly found in houses that were constructed or renovated in the mid-1900s, as well as warehouses and other industrial and commercial buildings that were built in this era. Asbestos was used in floor and ceiling tiles, insulation, and even roofing shingles.
Simply being around asbestos doesn’t pose a danger in the same way that some other chemicals and drugs do. However, if asbestos is disturbed (like during the demolition or remodeling process) and its fibers become airborne, they could be inhaled and cause serious and irreversible lung damage. Mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer are two types of cancers that are almost exclusively associated with the inhalation of asbestos.
Some industries where asbestos exposure can be common include construction, mining, home or commercial renovation, foundries, insulation manufacturing, and certain types of factory work.
Environmental toxins can include several broad categories.
- Agricultural runoff (like fertilizers and other agricultural substances that may end up in waterways)
- Industry dumping (like the waste ejected by steel factories, oil rigs, and plastic manufacturers)
- Air pollution (which can impact the pulmonary health of those who live nearby)
- Degradation of infrastructure (like the lead-leaching pipes that have made headlines in Michigan)
Some environmental toxins may impact only those within a close distance from the offender—for example, a factory that emits fumes. But other sources of toxic environmental exposure can be much more widespread, such as factory dumpers that pollute an entire body of water that flows through other communities.
Our Historic Toxic Tort Verdict Against DuPont
The Ferraro Law Firm recently became the first (and only) law firm to successfully prosecute DuPont on behalf of a child born with serious birth defects after prenatal exposure to a DuPont fungicide. This groundbreaking case made headlines after a jury held DuPont accountable for the plaintiff’s exposure to the Benlate fungicide—which caused her son to be born without eyes—and awarded her $4 million. Although this victory can’t ever fully compensate the plaintiff for the anguish she’s gone through since her son’s birth, holding DuPont accountable for the harm it’s caused can help others who have been injured by a defective product.
Dangerous or Defective Drugs
Many medications have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, stroke, blood clots, or other serious or potentially fatal medical issues. If you suffer an injury due to the side effects of a dangerous or defective drug, you should be aware of the laws and regulations that govern drug safety, as well as your potential legal remedies for injury.
At The Ferraro Law Firm, our goal is to remove work and stress from your plate, allowing you to focus on your health and spend time with your loved ones. Fighting cancer is a physically and emotionally trying time, and we want to do everything in our power to help you recover the compensation you deserve.See If You Qualify
You Have Legal Options After an Environmental Cancer Diagnosis
Although a lawsuit may be the last thing you may want to worry about after you’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness, time is of the essence. Under state and federal law, there are strict time limits in which to bring product liability claims, and failing to file a lawsuit before this statute of limitations expires could leave you without any recourse when you are ready to file a lawsuit.
To receive the compensation you deserve, it’s important to consult an experienced product liability attorney like those at The Ferraro Law Firm. Our cancer lawsuits are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only charge you a legal fee if we’re successful in obtaining a financial recovery on your behalf.
The Ferraro Law Firm capably handles toxic tort cases throughout the country. Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of the complexities of both state and federal laws regarding toxic chemicals, along with decades of experience in litigating these cases in state and federal court. In recognition of our experience handling nationwide cases, our firm has been considered one of the top five law firms in the nation for asbestos exposure cases. With over 30 years of experience handling cases related to toxic exposure, we are widely regarded in the legal field for our thorough and aggressive approach to toxic tort litigation.
Schedule a Free Legal Consultation With Our Toxic Tort Attorneys
With The Ferraro Law Firm on your side, you can expect aggressive representation and dependable advocacy. Our toxic tort lawyers can fight for your best interests and tailor your case to fit your individual needs and circumstances. Since 1985, we have obtained more than $2 billion on behalf of our clients. What’s more, we understand how corporations try to get away with using known carcinogens to increase their bottom line, at the risk of others’ health.
If you believe that your or a relative’s cancer is connected to asbestos, environmental toxins, or dangerous drugs, enlist the help of our experienced environmental toxic tort attorneys firm. And even if you’re unsure about your exposure to toxic substances, contact The Ferraro Law Firm at (888) 554-2030 or complete this form for a FREE legal consultation. We’ll investigate the potential source of your exposure and help you and your family members file a successful claim.