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Who is responsible for your exposure to toxic chemicals?

It may have started with simply feeling rundown, perhaps a cough or some other symptoms that were more of a nuisance than anything else. When you finally went to a Kentucky doctor, testing showed that you suffered from exposure to toxic chemicals. How did this happen, and maybe more importantly, who is responsible?

Answering that question may not be as easy as you think. However, if you can narrow it down to a certain product, you may be looking at a potentially liable supplier and/or manufacturer. In many cases, both manufacturers and suppliers bear some responsibility because they owe a duty of care.

For instance, manufacturers have a duty to create safe products. A manufacturer does not have to be found negligent for its products to be considered defective and unreasonably dangerous. However, you could still allege negligence in a complaint, along with breach of warranty. You may also claim that the manufacturer's actions were wrongful or intentional.

Without the information you need to safely use a product, you could easily suffer serious injuries. If a supplier owed you a duty to warn you of the dangers of a certain product, but failed to do so, it may be found financially responsible for injuries. In some cases, certain products simply should not be on the market, and if a supplier provides you with such a product, the supplier may be liable.

Product liability claims arising out of the exposure to toxic chemicals often present a challenge to those making them. If you believe that a manufacturer and/or supplier's actions led to your injuries, you may want to consult with a Kentucky attorney before taking any action. He or she could advise you of your rights, review your case and advise you regarding how to best proceed.

Source: FindLaw, "Legal Responsibility for Toxic Exposure," accessed Jan. 13, 2018

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