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Poisonings and Toxicity

If you were exposed to a dangerous substance due to negligence, we're here to help

Toxic substances can come from a broad range of sources and wreak absolute havoc on the body. Ingesting poisons can lead to organ damage and other internal injuries. Some toxins even affect the brain, permanently harming the victim's quality of life. After being poisoned, you may be left with serious medical expenses, lost income and other costs.

Children are particularly vulnerable to poisoning because they may be unable to read warning labels or safely handle toxic substances. Because of their lower body mass, children are more severely affected by some toxins that are inhaled or ingested.

At the Law Offices of James Morris, we handle all of the following poisoning cases:

Proving negligence in a poisoning case can be a challenge. Our attorneys can look for evidence that you were exposed to a toxin due to a mistake made by a maintenance crew, a medical error or improper securing of materials by a home or business owner. We may also have a product liability case against a manufacturer who failed to warn consumers of the danger of a poisonous substance.

Our experienced attorneys know how to hold responsible parties accountable, stand up to insurance companies on your behalf and bring you justice after a poison-related severe injury. Get the compensation you need to move forward. Contact us at (800) 477-9044 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Lead Paint

Many homes across upstate New York were built before 1950, when lead paint use was discontinued. By law, property owners are required to take precautions to prevent exposure to lead paint by occupants, especially if young children are present in the home. Babies and toddlers are likely to accidentally ingest lead paint chips because they frequently put objects in their mouths, or they may be exposed when lead paint dust gets on their toys or clothes.

After your child is exposed to lead paint, you'll need to seek immediate medical attention and help from an experienced attorney. Exposure to lead paint can lead to lifelong emotional and cognitive disabilities. To get the compensation you need to pay for your child's treatment and care, you'll need our help. We know how to hold irresponsible landlords and property owners responsible for lead paint exposure.

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Food Allergies

People with severe food allergies assume some risk when choosing to dine, but restaurants in turn have an obligation to warn patrons about commonly known allergens present in their kitchens. When they fail to do so, diners can suffer serious complications. Reactions can range from skin symptoms, to asthma, to the inability to breathe. Children can be especially susceptible to significant health risks from even mild food allergy reactions, and they are less likely than adults to know how to avoid their allergens. Common food allergens include:

  • Peanuts
  • Strawberries
  • MSG
  • Almonds and other tree nuts
  • Shellfish

If you or your child suffered an allergic reaction due to negligence on the part of a restaurant owner, caterer or other food service professional, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our offices for a free case evaluation.

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Food Poisoning/Salmonella

Food poisoning arises from the presence of certain bacteria and most commonly results in intestinal tract illnesses, such as diarrhea. This can be more than a nuisance. Food poisoning may be a life-threatening condition if it strikes a child, an elderly person or someone with a compromised immune system.

The most common causes for the presence of these contaminating bacteria are:

  • Undercooked foods;
  • Improper refrigeration of foods;
  • Food preparer's hands or utensils are not clean.

Commercial kitchens are required to follow strict regulations in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. However, finding out whose responsibility it is to uphold the regulations - and holding the responsible party accountable - calls for experienced legal guidance. Give us a call today to see how you can obtain compensation.

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Pharmaceutical Liability

Prescription medications are supposed to undergo rigorous testing to make sure they are safe for use. However, some companies "fast-track" their medications through the approval process, leaving patients exposed to potentially dangerous side effects. Issues also emerge when doctors prescribe drugs for "off-label" use or fail to follow dosage guidelines. For instance, a medication that is only approved for up to 12 weeks of use may be prescribed for six months or a year.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the side effects of many medications. Some prescribing doctors are not fully aware of a drug's potential risks when given to children.

If you or your child has sustained an injury or loss of health due to a reaction to a prescription drug that you were not warned about, a pharmaceutical liability case may be a valid recourse to recover damages (financial compensation). Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to help you pursue damages against the manufacturer or a healthcare provider.

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