Legal matters related to hazardous materials exposure often span several decades and involve dozens of litigants and voluminous discovery. Efficient, cost-effective case management is essential.
Over the past three decades, toxic tort litigation has exploded in frequency and scope. More suits are being waged and at higher stakes, often involving multiple defendants and jurisdictions and with claims stretching as far back as the 1920s. Companies named in such suits face the potential for considerable loss in the form of damages, ongoing legal costs, and negative publicity.
The Toxic Tort Group at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote knows how much is at stake for our clients. We are well-versed in the intricacies of substance and chemical exposure litigation and have the knowledge and experience to guide your company through these issues.
Over the years, our client-centered approach and history of toxic tort litigation defense have won the confidence and respect of many clients. Our work has enabled us to develop practical, cost-effective methods of case management, settlement negotiation, and trial preparation. Our attorneys have amassed the medical and scientific knowledge essential in evaluating, preparing for, and defending toxic tort cases. We have also developed close ties with established experts in these fields and draw on their skills as needed to serve our clients.
The Group’s people and technology resources, including a sophisticated matter management system, are considerable assets. Our database permits us to quickly track the status of toxic tort cases and obtain necessary information. Because of the voluminous discovery materials inherent in this type of litigation, electronic document management is essential to controlling costs and efficiently expediting cases. It also allows us to generate a variety of case reports to keep our clients apprised of progress in all pending cases.
In many cases, we are able to offer clients the benefits of concurrent representation throughout the discovery phase of toxic tort litigation. This offers significant cost savings by allowing multiple clients to share costs for activities such as deposition attendance and recording, data entry, and medical records without compromising the quality of representation.
The Toxic Tort Group concentrates in representing manufacturers, distributors and contractors of chemicals, paint and other potentially hazardous products, as well as landlords and housing authorities, in cases involving exposure to lead paint, asbestos, silica, and other chemicals.
We have represented a wide variety of clients in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, seeing cases through from initial discovery to final verdict and appeals. These cases have included multiple chemical sensitivities, solvent-induced toxic encephalopathy, individual and class-action lead paint claims, and various carcinogenic, teratogenic and mutagenic agents.
The Group approaches each client’s defense with the goal of securing the best outcome for the client. This may require diplomatic negotiations to reach group settlements, aggressive litigation to obtain case dismissals, a forceful defense to discourage the filing of additional suits, or a fresh, creative approach. In all cases, we share your concerns for balancing cost containment with effective case management. Strategic decisions are always made with your input and approval and are executed with your best interests in mind.
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