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What To Do When A Hazardous Environment Leads To Wrongful Death

There are few things as painful as experiencing a loved one's death. Though it is a natural part of life, nobody is eager to say goodbye. This can be even more painful when you believe your loved one death is due to someone's reckless actions or neglect. If you believe that your loved one's death could be a result of someone's actions or neglect, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.

Though there are many different types of 'wrongful death' claims, death due to hazardous environment is not as talked about as it should be. Exposure to hazardous and toxic substances is dangerous and can result in fatal injuries. Sadly, many of these materials can be found in products for all kinds of uses. However, a company that fails to protect its employees and the general public from exposure to such chemicals and materials should be held accountable for their actions and neglect.

Fatal injuries can result from exposure of hazardous and toxic materials and are most commonly found in:

The Workplace

Your company is responsible for providing you with a safe environment. However, that might be challenging to do depending on the nature of your work. If the building itself is a health hazard, the company is to blame for allowing their employees and the public from being exposed, but some jobs require you to be around and use chemicals in order to do your work. In these cases, it depends whether you were given any training on how to use the toxins safely and whether something outside of your own actions caused the exposure to occur.

Public Places

From schools to grocery stores, any kind of public place could risk exposure to chemicals and toxins. This can be especially terrible in area where children regular go to. When public places cause hazardous exposure, liablity belongs to whoever owns the area.

Around Or At Your Home

The older your home is, the more likely it is to be crawling with chemicals and toxins like asbestos or lead. Many are completely unaware of the toxins found around their house. After all, it took years before anyone even realized that things like lead paint were incredibility toxic. That aside, there are many problems a home can have that leads to toxic results. A gas leak, for example, can make everyone very sick and possibly cause an explosion. However, it is not easy to blame someone else when toxins are in the home, especially if you have lived in it for a long time.

In Everyday Products

There are many products that we use daily that are filled with chemicals. Most come with warnings and guidelines to help you to use it in the safest way possible. However, if their product did not come with a warning or had a defect that caused you or a loved one to be injured, they are liable for any injury or death it may have caused.

So why is it important to hold someone liable?

Though you may be hesitant to point fingers, not holding someone liable could keep the problem from being fixed and cause more people to suffer. Even if the company or property owner is aware of the toxins, they can not always be trusted to fix the problem. Often it was their own actions or neglect that caused the area to be hazardous in the first place. In order to ensure the safety of others, holding someone liable may be the only way to do so.

That aside, holding someone liable can help you receive financial compensation to pay for any medical bills or funeral costs you may be suffering with.

How do you hold someone accountable?

In order to prove your claim, you need to establish that your loved one's death was not due to a pre-existing condition nor was it caused by their own actions or neglect. You also need to show that the property owner or product maker is responsible for your loved one's health and safety. This can be a complicated process, so it is best to hire a legal professional to assist you with your claim and make sure you receive the financial compensation you need.

If your loved one has wrongfully died due to exposure to hazardous or toxic substances, don't hesitate to contact All Injuries Law Firm. We know that this is a painful experience for you and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve so you can finally move on.