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What Is a "Toxic Tort"?

A "tort" is a civil wrong that forms the basis of a personal injury lawsuit. The most common type of tort is negligence, but individuals can also file lawsuits based on intentional torts and strict liability torts. A strict liability tort is an instance where proof of negligence is not necessary. Strict liability torts most commonly arise out of defective products or toxic contamination.

The term "toxic tort" describes a class of lawsuits involving harmful substances such as asbestos, black mold, oil spills and dangerous food products like the harmful flavoring in microwave popcorn. Unique challenges in proving a toxic tort include the fact that the injuries arising from toxic exposure may not be fully known and multiple defendants may be liable for causing toxic exposure or contamination.

Popcorn Lung Disease: A New Toxic Tort

Bronchiolitis obliterans, or "popcorn lung disease," is one of the newest toxic torts. Popcorn lung is a rare illness that is linked to inhaling the vapors of a popcorn butter flavoring chemical called diacetyl.

Symptoms of popcorn lung disease include persistent coughing, wheezing, fatigue and rashes. Popcorn lung disease sufferers typically have to undergo lung transplants and may experience life-threatening symptoms. Individuals who develop popcorn lung disease can hold the manufacturers and distributors of diacetyl accountable for their exposure by filing a toxic tort lawsuit.

A National Popcorn Lung Law Firm

The law firm of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C., is a national leader in popcorn lung disease litigation. We have a proven track record of verdicts and settlements, including a $20 million verdict for one of our popcorn lung clients. If you or a loved one has developed bronchiolitis obliterans due to microwave popcorn exposure, contact us online or call 877-436-3692 to arrange your free initial consultation.

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