W. Winston Briggs has been specializing in toxic exposure cases for over 30 years. He has worked on cases throughout the entire U.S., fighting for the compensation you deserve after suffering from an injury due to harmful toxins.

Winston successfully handles toxic exposure claims that involve injuries caused by chemical poisons, irritants, gases, smoke, pesticides, motor fuels and more. These types of cases are unique, and therefore, sometimes difficult to prove. However, Winston has a successful track record for settling such cases since 1987.

Toxic materials are substances that can cause an individual harm if it enters the body, and they can so by exposure. The most common route of exposure is inhalation. Other routes include through the skin and ingestion. And, if exposed, can cause one serious health effects.

Exposure to chemicals can occur on the job, in the comfort of your own home or through environmental contamination.

Injuries one can develop include:

  • Damage to the eyes or blindness
  • Damage to one’s reproductive system
  • Scarring of the skin
  • Brain damage
  • Lung damage
  • Damage to the organs
  • Death

In addition, illnesses these injuries can lead to are:

  • RADS (Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Chemically induced asthma
  • Lung disease
  • Silicosis
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Aplastic anemia

The most common ways to be exposed to toxic chemicals

In The Home Outdoors

Through cleaning products, personal care products, and lead paints. With this, the CPA (Consumer Protection Agency) has reported that 150 chemicals might be linked to cancer, mental illness, and birth defects.

The most commonly found toxic chemicals

  • Asbestos
  • Benzene
  • Mercury
  • Lead

This involves cancer-causing dust particles, which can be found in a variety of workplace settings. Asbestos was once a common insulation and construction material.

Additional chemicals that can create life-altering injuries are:

  • Creosote
  • Beryllium
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Sodium dioxide
  • Tungsten
  • Silica
  • Manganese
  • Photoresists
  • Industrial Alcohol
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyl
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Pesticides
  • Isocynates
  • Chlorine dioxide
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Hydrochloric acid

Exposure can cause immediate effects, but other times it can develop more gradually. Immediate effects include death, dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing or swallowing, allergies, neurological problems, memory and concentration problems and rashes. When the effects develop slowly, they can result in diseases such as cancer or Parkinson’s. This exposure can occur without an individual realizing that they are absorbing or inhaling a potentially dangerous chemical at home or in the workplace.

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 established clear guidelines for the handling and disposal of harmful chemicals. When these guidelines are not followed, the health of everyone in the area could be in jeopardy.

Several Occupations are at Risk for Chemical Exposure

There are several occupations that are at a high risk of chemical exposure, such as those who work near chemical plants or in plastic manufacturing. They are at serious risk of inhaling dangerous chemicals that can cause the following injuries:

Examples of third party companies who can put you at risk for chemical exposure include landscaping, homebuilding and transportation companies. If an accident occurs due to the negligence of one of these companies, you may have a claim for damages.

Occupations where workers are at risk for exposure to harmful toxins are:

  • Railroad workers
  • Welders
  • Factory workers
  • HVAC technicians
  • Electricians
  • Appliance installers
  • Painters
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Textile Mill workers
  • Insulators
  • Construction workers
  • Transporters of hazardous materials
  • And many more

Altogether, workers have the right to a safe workplace. It is required by law for employers to provide their employees with a safe work environment. However, there continue to be countless workers who suffer serious health issues each year. If you believe that your injuries are the result of toxic exposure in the workplace, then you may be entitled to compensation.

Vast Experience in Toxic Exposure Injury Cases

The firm’s senior partner, W. Winston Briggs is widely considered to be one of the best, most experienced toxic exposure lawyers in the country. Mr. Briggs has written articles and spoken on toxic exposure cases all over the United States.

Our firm can help you in an attempt to recover the following damages for your toxic exposure case:

  • Physical injuries and loss of life
  • Lost wages and income
  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation or physical therapy costs
  • Pain and suffering

Our vast experience with toxic substance exposure cases has given us a keen insight into the types of injuries that can result from toxic exposure. Recent toxic exposure cases Winston has settled are as follows:

  1. $275,000 Settlement: This settlement was reached for a man injured by exposure to toxic chemicals (Isocyanates) while he was at work on a construction site.
  2. $150,000 Settlement: Winston recovered this amount for a man exposed to chlorine dioxide at a paper mill as he was delivering materials to the facility.
  3. Winston recovered $300,000 for a man exposed to sulfur dioxide at a railroad yard.

Call for a Free Consultation

If you have injury or a health condition as the result of toxic exposure, be certain to discuss your case with Atlanta’s top chemical exposure attorney W. Winston Briggs. Let him help you receive compensation for the physical and financial damages causing you to suffer from being exposed to harmful toxins.

You can reach us by phone at 404-692-6160 or via e-mail. We take most cases on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay any attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Toxic Exposure

Who is eligible to sue for toxic exposure?

Any individual injured as the result of toxic exposure can recover damages if they are able to prove that a person or company is at fault for the exposure. If someone dies, the family of the deceased may file a lawsuit.

Who can be held liable if I am the victim of toxic exposure?

There are several potential defendants, depending on the type of harmful toxin and the type of exposure. Potential defendants can include owners of land, homes and apartments, chemical manufacturers, transporters of toxic materials, companies that applied or released the toxic substance, the company you work for (depending on your occupation), and anyone who wrongfully dumps toxins into the ground or water.

Will it be difficult to prove that a harmful toxin caused my injury?

It can certainly be difficult to prove that a particular toxin caused your injury. Especially if you have developed a subtle or slow developing injury or disease. (This can be due to low exposure). Your case can be aided by proof that this toxin was a substantial factor in causing your injury. Additional proof may require the testimony of experts such as chemists, toxicologists, medical doctors, or certified industrial hygienists.

How soon must I bring my toxic exposure case?

This is very important. In Georgia, the statute of limitation period for common law toxic tort actions allows plaintiffs two years from the date the action accrues within which to file their lawsuit. It is best, though, to seek a consultation with an experienced toxic exposure attorney as soon as possible.

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Suffering a serious injury due to another person’s negligence can change your life in an instant. Without warning, you can be facing massive medical bills and find yourself unable to work. Once you have received medical care for your immediate injuries, it is important that you seek the advice of a reputable personal injury lawyer in Atlanta who can help you understand your rights.

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The Briggs Law Firm specializes in representing people and the families of people injured or killed due to the carelessness and recklessness of others. Our founder, W. Winston Briggs, has tried more than 200 jury trials in his 30 year career. Mr. Briggs is a skilled trial lawyer well known for his ability and willingness to try cases. That results in higher settlements to our clients because insurance companies recognize that Mr. Briggs is a seasoned and fearless litigator who will try cases if they don’t pay the full value of the claim. If the case must be tried, there is no better firm to have on your side.

Winston and his team were the best I’ve ever dealt with. Honestly, I’ve hired many law firms in the past 10 years and no other law firm made me feel as important as Winston Briggs. To them I wasn’t just another case, I was family and for that I’m forever grateful. They got me a settlement that I deserved and they fought tooth and nails to make sure I wasn’t being taken advantage of. Nicole, kept me updated with my case’s progress and anytime I had a question she was on it! I felt like I was the only client because of how personalized they made it feel. Best of the best hands down. Thank you once again for everything you did for my family and I!
EM Watson, Former Client
After interviewing attorneys recommended by other cyclists, I engaged W. Winston Briggs as my attorney because he seemed to have the best grasp of my situation and because, of the attorneys I interviewed, Winston had the most litigation experience. Six months after the collision, we have received a policy limit settlement from the driver’s insurance company, and Mr. Briggs has addressed the subrogation claim of my health insurance company, resulting in a substantial reduction of their claim.
Tom Erdmanczyk, Former Client
The case required Mr. Briggs to make numerous trips to Virginia to take on the responsible parties on their home turf. Although it required significant effort, at the end of the day, Mr. Briggs successfully forced the responsible companies to accept responsibility for my husband’s death and to pay a settlement that will take care of my son and me over the course of our lives. The event was tragic but I am very pleased that I hired Winston to represent me and my son in the case.”
Mary Ann Garrard, Former Client
I injured myself requiring surgery when I fell at a hotel in New Orleans while on business. The insurance company for the hotel initially denied responsibility for my injury and then later offered me only a modest sum to settle the case, claiming there were multiple problems with my claim. I retained Winston Briggs to handle my claim and he did the rest. Without having to go through a lawsuit, Mr. Briggs convinced the hotel’s insurance company to pay more than six times the amount they had offered me to settle the claim before I hired Mr. Briggs. I hope I never need his services again but, if I do, I wouldn’t think of hiring any other attorney to represent me.
Ed Dietzel, Former Client
I am extremely pleased I hired The Briggs Law Firm and would highly recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in the position of needing a personal injury lawyer, and particularly, one who has been injured in a bicycle accident. Once the insurance carriers learned Mr. Briggs was my lawyer, they accepted responsibility for the accident and compensated me for my injuries.
Bruce Fernald, Former Client
To those injured; I’m writing to show everyone out there that Mr.Winston Briggs is here to help you. As he listened to my story I realized that he sincerely cared and knew that, even though the injury occurred, he was able to see forward and find ways to help. Winston through the years has demonstrated that he is on the cutting edge of injury recovery. He makes a painful process turn into a more profitable and emotional reward...
Brandon Johnson, Former Client
Attorney Briggs accepted my case, within a month the defendant was served, and less than a year my case was settled. To him I am indebted for his enthusiastic, encouragement and support he and his staff offered throughout the handling of my case. Unlike any other law firm, they continue to keep me in the loop on how my case progressed. I highly recommend Winston Briggs Law Firm to anyone looking for an attorney in Atlanta who cares and have integrity in his work getting the case settled, without a doubt, he’s the Best!
Camille, Former Client

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