Contamination & Pollution

Louisiana Toxic Contamination Lawyers


  • Toxic contamination can occur when industrial activities, agricultural practices, and improper waste disposal release pollutants such as heavy metals and “forever” chemicals into the environment. This contamination threatens human health, disrupts ecosystems, harms wildlife, and accumulates in the food chain, magnifying the risk to humans and nature.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals can lead to acute or chronic health problems, ranging from skin irritation and respiratory issues to more severe conditions such as cancer, neurological disorders, and congenital disabilities.
  • Toxic exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses, property damage, and significant economic losses. A toxic contamination lawsuit can hold negligent companies accountable and help compensate victims. 

Why Hire HHK for Your Toxic Exposure Lawsuit

With a proven track record of successfully handling complex toxic exposure cases, including our pivotal role in the BP Oil Spill litigation, Herman Herman Katz brings unparalleled experience and expertise to the table. Our dedicated team of Louisiana toxic exposure attorneys is deeply committed to advocating for the rights of victims and communities affected by contamination. Our relentless pursuit of justice, extensive resources, and legal prowess ensure our clients receive the strong representation needed to seek compensation and hold responsible parties accountable in toxic contamination cases.

Deepwater Horizon site in Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana

No other lawyer from another firm is better equipped than Herman Herman Katz to handle your personal injury claim stemming from toxic contamination. Our firm’s experience with these types of claims led the court overseeing the BP Oil Spill litigation to select HHK partner Steve Herman as Co-Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs.

The BP oil spill is widely considered to be the worst pollution disaster in American history. As Co-Lead Counsel, Steve led the charge on behalf of thousands of shrimpers, oystermen, and other businesses devastated by the spill.

The New Orleans contamination lawyers at our firm were instrumental in negotiating the uncapped, multi-billion dollar settlement with BP. The settlement ended up being so favorable to victims of the spill that BP actually took the unprecedented step of appealing the terms of a settlement that it actually agreed to in writing.

The New Orleans contamination attorneys at our firm were also instrumental in spearheading the BP trial, which many consider to be the largest pollution trial in American history. The first phase of the trial focused on identifying the causes of the blowout and subsequent oil spill. The second phase of the trial focused on determining how much oil actually spilled into the Gulf.

Unfortunately, the BP oil spill was not America’s first contamination disaster and likely will not be the last. Fossil fuels and manufactured chemicals are a vital part of our current economy.

However, big oil and gas companies must also be good stewards of the safety of their workers and the general public. The BP oil spill was an unfortunate example of how one big oil company sacrificed personnel and environmental safety to maximize its profits. When big oil and gas companies fail to fulfill their safety obligations, dangerous contamination events can occur.

Contamination can be devastating to local communities. Victims may face extensive health problems or even wrongful death. They may be saddled with extensive future medical costs associated with monitoring their health over the course of their lifetime. Medical monitoring is needed to detect cancers and other types of chronic illnesses related to pollution exposure.

Victims may also incur expensive clean-up costs associated with removing pollutants from their property. In some cases, the contamination is so bad that clean-up is not even an option. Valuable properties such as homes and businesses must be razed. The polluted land is left basically worthless.

We also handle other types of personal injury cases, including:

If your community has suffered a toxic contamination event, learn about your legal rights from an experienced New Orleans, Louisiana pollution attorney by calling 844-943-7626 or by filling out our free, no-obligation case review form.

Toxic Exposure Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Toxic Contamination?2023-10-03T18:28:22+00:00

Toxic contamination refers to harmful chemicals or substances that enter the environment, such as soil, air, or water, and can adversely affect human health and the ecosystem. Contamination can result from various sources, including industrial activities, chemical spills, and improper waste disposal.

What Are the Common Health Effects of Toxic Exposure?2023-10-03T18:29:04+00:00

Health effects can vary depending on the type and extent of contamination, but they often include respiratory problems, skin conditions, gastrointestinal issues, and, in some cases, serious illnesses like cancer. Long-term toxic exposure has been linked to chronic health problems.

How Do I Know If I Have a Toxic Contamination Lawsuit?2023-10-03T18:29:47+00:00

If you believe you or your property has been affected by contamination, consult an attorney with experience handling toxic contamination cases. They can assess your situation, review available evidence, and determine whether you have a valid claim.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Toxic Contamination?2023-10-03T18:30:27+00:00

Responsible parties could include individuals, businesses, corporations, and government entities that contributed to or were negligent in preventing contamination.

What Compensation Can I Seek in a Toxic Exposure Lawsuit?2023-10-03T18:31:07+00:00

You may seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, cleanup costs, loss of property value, pain and suffering, and, in severe cases, punitive damages to punish the responsible party.

How Long Do I Have to File a Louisiana Toxic Contamination Lawsuit?2023-10-03T18:31:52+00:00

The statute of limitations for filing a toxic contamination lawsuit varies by jurisdiction and can depend on the particular circumstances of your case. It’s essential to consult with a toxic exposure attorney promptly, as delays can affect your ability to seek legal remedies.

How Can a Louisiana Toxic Contamination Attorney Help?2023-10-03T18:32:33+00:00

A Louisiana toxic contamination attorney is your legal ally, working diligently to help you navigate the complexities of your lawsuit, seek justice, and obtain the compensation you deserve for the harm suffered due to toxic contamination.

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