Gilson Athans has defended over two hundred lawsuits filed by individuals alleging injuries from exposure to various toxic chemicals. We have prepared numerous toxic tort cases for trial and have obtained defense verdicts in the cases we have tried. One defense verdict was in a case of brain damage allegedly caused by exposure to solvents. Another defense verdict was in a case of RADS (Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome) allegedly caused by exposure to chlorine. Our experience defending toxic tort claims includes Daubert motions and hearings, state court motions and hearings pertaining to the admissibility of scientific evidence, and handling numerous expert witnesses (including neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, toxicologists, radiologists, neurotoxicologists, nephrologists, entomologists, and occupational medicine physicians).
We have handled claims of solvent induced toxic encephalopathy, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome, chemical pneumonia, chemical bronchitis, asbestosis, multiple chemical sensitivity disorder, and various cancer claims. Some of the chemicals involved in our cases have been trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, 1,1,1, trichloroethane, mineral spirits, diesel fuel/diesel exhaust, asbestos, anhydrous ammonia, chlorine, cadmium, toluene, benzene, sulfuric acid, nitric acid and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. The firm also successfully handled a case involving the loss of both kidneys from a disease known as Goodpasture's Syndrome, allegedly caused by exposure to toxic substances.