Common Misconceptions About Chemical Exposure Class Action Cases

People come into contact with chemicals every day at work, home, and school. However, most of these chemicals are safe—it’s the dangerous ones that you have to worry about. Contamination of groundwater or soil, chemical exposure in the workplace and exposure to mold, asbestos and lead paint can lead to illnesses, injuries, diseases or even death.

If you’re a victim of chemical exposure, you can take legal action against negligent parties to receive compensation. Most chemical exposure cases are handled through class action lawsuits, where one of the parties is a group of people who are represented collectively by a member of that group. If you’re considering taking action, it’s important to know about common misconceptions when it comes to chemical exposure class action cases.

#1: Exposure to Chemicals Has to Be Direct

In order to experience illness, injury, or disease from chemical exposure, it must enter the body, but that doesn’t mean it has to happen directly or through physical contact. In many cases, victims are exposed to toxic materials through ingestion, inhalation, or through the skin.

#2: Money from Class Action Is Evenly Split Among Plaintiffs

Damages in chemical exposure class action cases are divided according to the severity of a plaintiff’s injury or loss. To be part of a class action class, you must only be similarly situated, not identically situated, so plaintiffs will have varying degrees of injuries. If a case is settled, the terms will specify who gets what and that usually means that the more injured someone is, the more money they will get.

#3: Chemical Exposure Class Action Settlements Are Taxable

As a general rule, when a class action lawsuit is related to physical harm you suffered, such as cancer as a result of toxic waste, the judgement is not taxable. These damages are usually meant to compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, attorney fees and pain and suffering. If you receive punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant, they may be taxable.

If you or a loved one was injured due to toxic exposure, contact our Philadelphia toxic tort lawyers at Golomb LegalWe represent clients from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide.

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