The Environmental Protection Agency has categorized nearly 600 substances as toxic chemicals. These chemicals can be found in medications and consumer products, as well as at work, home, school, or outside. While our surroundings almost constantly pose a threat due to toxic or hazardous substances, normally we can control our contact with them. However, a problem arises when we are exposed and injured by toxic or hazardous substances and either don’t know about it, or cannot control whether we come into contact with it. In these scenarios, people are often injured or may even die. If you or a loved one believes that you been harmed by a toxic or hazardous substance, contact us right away to discuss your case. Examples of toxic or hazardous substances:
- Sodium sulfate
- Carbon Monoxide
Types of Compensation
Monetary damages can be awarded if someone is found to be legally responsible for injuring a person or causing a person to be injured. Such monetary damages are called compensatory damages or actual damages. The purpose of compensatory damages is to attempt to put the injured person in the position in which he or she would have been had the injury not occurred. These damages may include medical expenses (past and future), pain and suffering (past and future), lost wages (past and future), loss of a normal life, and loss of society. It’s important to keep records of your medical bills and time off from work, as these can help you calculate your actual damages.
In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the defendant if his or her conduct was not only negligent, but also reckless or intentional. Punitive damages aren’t recovered for any specific loss. Instead, they are levied against the defendant as punishment to discourage negligence in the future. The court will determine whether to award the plaintiff with punitive damages and how much the award will be. According to Illinois law, punitive damages may only be awarded if actual damages are also awarded.
Call for a Free Consultation
For a confidential, compassionate, in-depth, free, and, most importantly, thorough consultation with a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your toxic or hazardous chemical case in Rockford, Belvidere, Freeport, Rochelle, Oregon, Loves Park, Byron, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, or elsewhere in the State of Illinois, call or text message us at (815) 391-0089, or e-mail us 24/7/365. We offer in-office consultations, and routinely make visits to clients’ homes, hospital rooms, nursing homes, and other off-site locations to make retaining our services as easy as possible.