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Toxic Exposure Attorneys

Toxic Exposure

Contractors working on storage tanks suffered permanent lung damage during a sulfur dioxide release. SKW toxic exposure injury attorneys held the owners liable.

The ability to breathe is easy to take for granted, until you don’t have it! Chemical and other environmental exposures can cause permanent, disabling lung damage.

Toxic exposures can occur in a variety of ways, including asbestos-containing products used at work; chemical plumes from industrial plants; chemical releases due to leaks or system failures at a jobsite; exposure to mold in a building with moisture problems; and exposure to chemical sprays used in agricultural settings. Cases involving toxic exposures are often expensive and complex due to the medical and scientific issues involved.

The lawyers at SKW have helped people who have suffered lung damage take legal action against companies responsible for a variety of toxic exposures, and have worked with experts in a variety of medical and scientific subject matters in handling these cases.

Representative cases

$3,100,000 settlement in 2004 for exposure to high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, causing two employees of an independent contractor to develop Reactive Airways Disease Syndrome

Verdict in 1993 for 22 representative plaintiffs that equated to $7,400,000 for all 241 plaintiffs in Grays Harbor County Superior Court.  Toxic tort claim for neighborhood exposure to sulfur gases from pulp mill wastewater treatment ponds.

Confidential settlements for individuals who have died as a result of exposure to asbestos at work and for family members of individuals who worked around asbestos and were exposed as a result of asbestos brought home on clothing.

Confidential settlements for individuals who developed asthma and other respiratory problems due to exposure to mold in an office building and apartment complex.

Confidential settlement in a case against a smelter in Idaho that was responsible for creating lead poisoning that affected 50 children.