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A toxic tort is a legal claim for harm caused by exposure to a dangerous substance -- such as a pharmaceutical drug, pesticide, or chemical. If an individual or a group of people has been exposed to and injured by a dangerous substance, either may be able to bring a toxic tort lawsuit.
Most toxic tort injuries arise in one of the following ways:
To learn more about what constitutes a toxic tort, and for tips on special issues in toxic tort litigation, see Nolo's article Toxic Torts Overview.