Anyone who has been through a motor vehicle accident knows that it can be a traumatic experience. Whether the accident involved an car, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle, you have the right to take legal action against any person, company, or entity that is responsible.

As consumers, we trust that the products we purchase meet certain standards for safety. We also have to trust that the products used or prescribed by our physicians or made available to purchase are safe and free defects or flaws that could inflict injury, illness, or death.
If you have sustained injuries because of a product defect or recalled drug, you may have a product liability claim.

Brent Cordell

Attorney at Law

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Toxin Exposures

If you feel that you may have been exposed to asbestos or are now experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma it is important that you consult with a medical professional as soon as possible.

"Toxic tort" is a term used to describe an ever-increasing area of the law covering topics as diverse as asbestos, lead poisoning, tobacco, and exposure to contaminated groundwater and toxic mold.

Although both state and federal governments are pushing for tort reform in an attempt to limit the explosion of toxic tort litigation and the large damage awards that come with it, toxic tort cases continue to expand into new areas.

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome at the outset of a toxic tort case is deciding who to name as defendants. Toxic contamination can occur from more than one source, and it may not always be evident who is responsible at the beginning of the case.
We represent victims of all types of toxic exposure, including:

  • Asbestos — Inhaling asbestos fibers causes asbestosis and an always fatal disease called mesothelioma. Symptoms do not become apparent for decades after exposure to asbestos.
  • Lead Poisoning — Children who ingest lead paint chips or inhale dust from lead-containing paint can suffer permanent neurological damage. Drinking water that flows through lead pipes is also a concern.
  • Benzene — This toxic chemical can cause symptoms ranging from skin and eye irritation to many forms of cancer. While it is used in many products, people who work in the chemical and petroleum industry are at especially high risk.
  • Silica — Exposure to silica dust can cause a fatal lung disease called silicosis. People who work in glass and ceramics production, mining, construction work, ship yards, and foundries are at especially high risk.
  • Mercury — Prenatal exposure to mercury can cause severe fetal brain damage. Many types of fish are known to contain high mercury levels. It is also found in dental fillings, thermometers, and some light bulbs.
  • Toxic Mold — Exposure can cause memory loss, allergies, and breathing difficulties.
  • Petrochemical Exposure — Working in gas, oil, or chemical industries puts workers at risk to toxins which can lead to serious diseases.
  • Dioxins — Short-term exposure to high levels of dioxins may result in skin lesions such as chloracne and dark skin patches. It may also be implicated in altered liver function. Long-term exposure is linked to impairment of the immune system, the developing nervous system, the endocrine system and reproductive functions. Chronic exposure of animals to dioxins has resulted in several types of cancer.

Dioxin has become so pervasive in the environment that virtually everyone is exposed to some degree of this toxic compound. If you or a loved one have fallen ill as the result of exposure to dioxin, visit our specialty website at for more information.


Dioxins are a group of toxic environmental pollutants that occur during the manufacture or incineration of chlorine-containing substances such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), in the chlorine bleaching of paper, and from natural sources such as volcanoes and forest fires. They belong to a group of dangerous chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The chemical name for dioxin is: 2,3,7,8- tetrachlorodibenzo para dioxin (TCDD). Some 419 types of dioxin-related compounds have been identified but only about 30 of these are considered to have significant toxicity, with TCDD being the most toxic.

Primarily airborne, dioxins are found in the air, soil, and in meats and dairy with high percentages of fat. Dioxins are also unwanted by-products of a wide range of manufacturing processes including smelting, chlorine bleaching of paper pulp and the manufacturing of some herbicides and pesticides. In terms of dioxin release into the environment, uncontrolled waste incinerators (solid waste and hospital waste) are often the worst culprits due to the incomplete burning of plastics.

People at particular risk for developing health problems caused by dioxin poison include young children, people who work or live near industrial or contaminated sites or products, and people who rely heavily on dioxin laden foods as their main source of sustenance. Dioxin poison takes years to break down in the body, allowing for the ill effects of this toxin to pose a threat to human health for most, if not all, of the human lifespan.
Companies in the USA that incinerate or produce substances capable of emitting dioxins, provide food or other products that have a probablity of dioxin contamination, or that handle, store, transport or otherwise deal with substances or materials that contain high levels of dioxins have an obligation to conform to various federal, state and local regulations. Failing this, they may be liable to pay compensation to people who have been victimized through their actions or products.

If you think that you have been exposed to dangerous levels of dioxins, you may be able to pursue a case of negligence. You will need to get trained medical testimony confirming that your problems are directly related to dioxin poisoning. You will also need evidence that can incriminate the responsible party.

If you believe your health problem is linked to exposure to toxic chemicals, please contact Brent M. Cordell for a free consultation. We will use our experience, knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.


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