Toxic Exposure

We can’t give you back the years of life taken from you because a company cared more about profits than your health, but we can fight for you. We can put our years of experience and resources to work to hold these corporations accountable for their neglect, for their failure to inform you about potentially deadly exposures at your job, and we can do everything in our power to keep it from happening to anyone else.

From life-threatening exposure to cancer-causing materials at work, to the contamination of your home, health or the environment by large corporations, toxic exposure can be devastating to you and your community’s wellbeing. Our attorneys work to hold negligent companies accountable and obtain recovery for those suffering from personal injury, property damage and economic loss related to negligent business practices.

Throughout the years, we've represented and continue to represent people, communities, cities and states to create cleaner, safer places to work and live, and to help bring about change to stop such harmful acts from happening again.

Our attorneys have litigated a variety of toxic exposure and environmental damages cases for individuals, families, communities and states, seeking not only recovery but improved environmental standards and pollution elimination, as well. We are currently involved in toxic exposure litigation including (but not limited to):

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

For almost a century, unsuspecting workers were exposed to asbestos at work and brought the carcinogenic mineral home on their clothing, consequently exposing their spouses, children and other loved ones. During this time, companies that sold asbestos and asbestos-containing products knew, or should have known, that these unsafe products could lead to a number of life-altering and potentially deadly diseases, including mesothelioma. Because of the long latency period, people continue to be newly diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases up to 60 years after exposure.

BP Oil Spill

In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010: The Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled more than 3 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, killed 11 oil rig workers, devastated our nation's natural resources and profoundly harmed the economic and emotional well-being of hundreds of thousands of people. Motley Rice has been representing people, families and businesses hurt by the BP oil spill since shortly after the disaster occurred. Additionally, Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice continues to serve as an instrumental member of the case’s Plaintiffs' Steering Committee as a co-lead negotiator.

More information regarding specific claims in the BP Oil Spill litigation:

BP Economic Loss & Property Damages Claims >

BP Seafood Compensation Program >

BP Medical Benefits Claims >

Chemical Exposure
Workers, children and the general public can be unknowingly exposed to hazardous chemicals through groundwater seepage, illegal burying or depositing of toxic chemicals, vapor intrusion, improper workplace protection and other forms of unlawful and harmful pollution. Illnesses caused by chemical exposure can be immediate and severe, and may result in learning disabilities, stomach and kidney problems, respiratory disorders and cancer.

Veteran Burn Pit Exposure

Motley Rice attorneys represent American soldiers and former employees of defense contractors who worked and lived on or near military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan against multiple defense contractors for allegedly exposing them to toxic smoke, ash and fumes generated by the disposal of waste in open-air burn pits. Read more about our work with co-counsel Susan Burke of Burke PLLC in the KBR, Inc., Burn Pit multidistrict litigation (In re KBR Inc. Burn Pit Litigation, case No. 13-1430).

Lead Poisoning
In addition to posing serious health risks to adults, particularly to pregnant women and industrial workers, lead poisoning is among the most prevalent health problems among America's youth. Although the U.S. banned the use of lead paint in 1978, numerous other sources of lead contamination continue to be significant sources of exposure. For years, Motley Rice attorneys have worked individually and with co-counsel to fight against occupational and childhood lead poisoning resulting from negligence and corporate wrongdoing.

Read more about our $1.15 billion clients’ verdict in The People of the State of California v. Atlantic Richfield, et al as well as our other efforts to fight lead poisoning.

Natural Resources Damage, Nuclear Radiation and Other Forms of Toxic Exposure
In addition to the forms of toxic exposure discussed above, our attorneys handle a growing number of toxic exposure cases involving:

  • groundwater contamination
  • fumes, gases and spills
  • vapor intrusion
  • natural resources damage
  • nuclear radiation
  • workers’ rights

Past cases have included representing residents of Tiverton, Rhode Island, against a major utility company for alleged damages resulting from environmental contamination, as well as representing the community of Tallevast, Florida, against a large aerospace defense contractor that allegedly allowed harmful chemicals to seep into the groundwater.

Railroad Workers and FELA
For railroad workers harmed during the course of their employment by asbestos exposure, silica exposure or other illness or catastrophic injury, there are potentially additional rights and benefits available to them through the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). This series of laws, passed in 1908, were meant to improve railroad workers' safety and provide compensation for those injured and their families. Our attorneys have litigated a number of FELA cases and continue to work for railroad workers and their families to recover damages for lost wages, pain, suffering and other injuries.

Silica Exposure
Crystalline silica—a mineral that can become airborne when chipped, cut, drilled or ground—is classified as a human lung carcinogen that "remains a serious threat to nearly 2 million U.S. workers, including more than 100,000 workers in high risk jobs such as abrasive blasting, foundry work, stonecutting, rock drilling, quarry work and tunneling," according to OSHA. By breathing in these miniscule particles, lungs can become scarred, reducing their ability to take in oxygen and leading to a number of debilitating and often deadly diseases.

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