Any exposure to toxic metals such as lead, arsenic, or mercury can cause serious health complications. Although the use of certain metals is banned in the United States, exposure still occurs, especially in certain industries. If your company is facing a lawsuit alleging toxic metal exposure on your premises, whether residential, commercial, or industrial, or within your products, it is critical you seek expert legal representation. The attorneys of Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas have extensive experience in the highly litigated area of toxic torts, and will work to ensure a quick and successful outcome. Contact us today to discuss your case.
Lead and Heavy Metal Poisoning Attorneys
The legal matters surrounding toxic torts pose numerous risks for accused companies. Not only can lawsuits be costly, but they also bring with them increased downtime, lower productivity levels, and the potential for future litigation. Our toxic tort attorneys’ decades of experience allow us to provide clear, sound counsel, minimize risks and costs, and identify discrepancies in the plaintiff’s claims. Our proven strategies address and mitigate a variety of potential issues that may arise, and our team is fully equipped to apply the law when creating a successful defense.
Defenses for Alleged Lead Exposure and Heavy Metal Poisoning
Although lead and other metals are naturally occurring, human activity has caused them to become more widespread. Lead is most commonly found in paint used on older buildings. Other potential sources may include products like solders, batteries, and ammunition. Industrial companies, such as those in mining, battery recycling, toxic waste, automotive repair, and home renovations, are at greater risk for lead exposure lawsuits. Metals such as arsenic, beryllium, chromium, cadmium, and mercury are also frequently found in industrial workplaces.
Each metal exposure lawsuit differs from one to the next, but certain defenses can be utilized to mitigate risk and preserve your company’s reputation. These can include:
- Statute of Limitations or Repose. When the plaintiff fails to file their lawsuit within the state-designated time frame, their allegations are dismissed.
- Failure to Prove Causation. In this situation, the plaintiff states that they were exposed to toxic metals on your company’s property or within your products, but cannot prove their accusations of cause with concrete evidence.
- Assumption of Risk. When a plaintiff doesn’t acknowledge the potential dangers involved when using a product or entering a facility, although they were adequately warned, they fail to assume risk.
- Jurisdictional Issues. Lawsuits filed against companies with no connection to the forum state or those where the plaintiff isn’t a resident of the state are dissolved.
- Comparative/Contributory Negligence. When the plaintiff fails to act reasonably in the situation of lead or heavy metal exposure, they have likely caused or contributed to their own injuries, thus mitigating your company’s risk.
Our team of experts will utilize the most appropriate defense strategy for your situation. The extensive industry knowledge we possess allows us to identify gaps in the plaintiff’s argument and leverage a solid strategy against them. Additionally, we’ll prepare for any pitfalls and adjust our defense as necessary.
How Our Lead and Heavy Metal Poisoning Attorneys Can Defend Your Company
Regardless of industry, our lead poisoning lawyers can defend your company against the toxic metal claims. Our vast knowledge and trial skills have allowed us to successfully defend a variety of toxic exposure lawsuits. We’re able to identify discrepancies within the plaintiff’s argument, as well as recognize any potential issues that may occur. You can trust our large team of seasoned attorneys to apply effective, proven strategies and work toward a favorable outcome.
We understand how time-consuming, frustrating, and costly toxic metal exposure lawsuits can be for companies. That’s why we work diligently to achieve a swift resolution with your best interests in mind. The deep industry knowledge, innovative strategies, and technological solutions we leverage are but a few of the reasons our firm is set apart. Rest assured that when you partner with us, your company will be expertly defended and the relationship we foster will last a lifetime.
Contact Our St. Louis Lead and Heavy Metal Poisoning Lawyers Today
Toxic metal exposure is no small issue, especially when a company’s products or workplaces are involved. Not only does your business face the lawsuit at hand, but it’s likely more claims will follow in the future. You need expert legal counsel and representation to efficiently defend your case. Our toxic tort lawyers are recognized by their peers, professional organizations, and publications, so by choosing our team, you’ll receive unmatched value and expertise. Contact us today to get started.