Pesticides are used in both agricultural and residential settings as well as in homes and offices, however, people who have been exposed to pesticides can suffer life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of pesticide exposure, it takes an experienced toxic tort and pesticide litigation lawyer to protect your rights.
At Wool Trial Law LLC, our practice is dedicated to holding pesticide manufacturers and other negligent parties accountable for causing pesticide-induced health problems. Whether you were exposed to pesticides on the job, in your home, or because of environmental contamination, we can help.
Our pesticide litigation attorney knows how to build a strong case and will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. From our office in Denver, we represent pesticide injury victims in state and federal courts around the country. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.
Why Pesticides Are Used & Why Pesticide Litigation is Common
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pesticides are used in agriculture to control weeds, insect infestation, and diseases, as well as to control various pests and disease carriers, such as mosquitoes, ticks, rats, and mice. There are many types of pesticides, including:
- Herbicides, such as paraquat and glyphosate, are used to kill or slow the growth of unwanted plants and weeds. One well-known herbicide used by farmers and consumers is Roundup, which has been linked to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other cancers.
- Rodenticides are used to kill small animals like mice, rats, and gophers.
- Wood preservatives are used to make wood and wood products resistant to fungus, insects (e.g. termites), and other pests
- Fungicides help control fungi, like mold, mildew, and rust.
- Insecticides help control insects.
- Disinfectants are intended to control bacteria, viruses, and other germs and microbes.
- Insect growth regulators help disrupt the growth and reproduction of insects.
While these pesticides are designed to kill pests that damage crops and buildings or transmit diseases to humans, pesticides may harm the nervous system, organs, and skin or cause cancer and other illnesses. When pesticide exposure results in serious injuries and illnesses to groups of individuals, negligent parties can be held liable through a toxic substance mass tort. This is where Wool Trial Law comes in.
We are highly experienced in handling pesticide litigation and have a demonstrated track record of success in product liability and mass tort cases. Lead attorney David Wool was co-counsel in the successful Bayer Monsanto Roundup litigation (Hardeman v. Monsanto) in which a jury found that the plaintiff’s cancer was caused by Roundup and by Monsanto’s failure to warn of the known dangers of its product.
Who Can Be Exposed to These Chemicals
Individuals can be exposed to pesticides in several ways, whether at home or on the job. For example, people often use over-the-counter weed killers in their driveways or other places outside of their homes. People can also be exposed to pesticides when they hire exterminators to kill household pests like cockroaches, ants, and rats.
Some can also be exposed without even being aware of it. For example, a nearby farm may have sprayed pesticide that becomes airborne or gets into the groundwater that is used in tap water in their homes. Not only are consumers at risk of pesticide exposure, but those who work with pesticides can also be harmed, including:
- Pesticide sprayers on farms
- Landscapers who apply pesticides to lawns
- Workers who handle pesticide containers
- Workers at chemical factories that manufacture pesticides
At times, pesticide exposure occurs when workers are not provided with property safety equipment (e.g. goggles, gloves, bodysuits). Factory workers can be harmed by pesticide exposure if their employer does not have proper safety procedures or the facility lacks adequate ventilation. Whether you have been harmed by pesticide exposure at work or in your home, our toxic tort lawyer can help you obtain just compensation.
The Dangers of Pesticides
Pesticide exposure has been linked to a wide variety of life-altering health problems, including:
- Cancer (e.g. leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, brain, bone, and reproductive cancers)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Hormonal issues
- Nerve damage
- Fertility problems
- Lost motor skills
- Injuries to the throat or lungs
- Liver damage
In addition, children are at a high risk of severe birth defects and cancers if their mothers were exposed to pesticides. If you or your child has suffered a medical condition due to pesticide exposure, our pesticide litigation attorney has the skills and experience to protect your rights.
How Wool Trial Law Can Help With Pesticide Litigation
When you consult with us, we will assess your situation to determine whether you have grounds for a product liability lawsuit or toxic tort claim, and, if so, work to build a successful case. Our legal team will conduct an extensive investigation to identify all the parties who may be responsible for your injuries, including:
- The pesticide manufacturer and/or distributor
- Manufacturers of equipment that caused the pesticide exposure
- The company that stored or transported the pesticide
- Owners or lessees of property that contaminated the environment
We will also collaborate with experts in various fields to produce scientific studies that show how the pesticide exposure caused your injuries and to determine their severity. Once we determine the value of your claim, we will fight to win you damages such as:
- Medical expenses, present and future
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our firm has the resources to pursue a class-action lawsuit or mass tort to hold all the responsible parties liable and help you obtain the fair compensation you deserve. If we are unable to reach a negotiated settlement, our trial lawyers are well-prepared to fight for the justice you deserve in court.
Contact Our Experienced Denver-based Pesticide Litigation Attorney
At Wool Trial Law, we are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for serious harm caused by pesticide exposure. You can trust us to guide you through every step of the process and protect your interests. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.