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If you or a loved one has suffered from exposure to toxic materials, chemicals, or vapors, including dangerous chemicals in New York, our team of experienced NYC toxic exposure lawyers is here to help. At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we understand the profound impact such exposure can have on your health, livelihood, and quality of life. Toxic tort lawsuits are complex, but with over two decades of dedicated legal service, our legal team at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb has the expertise to navigate these challenges effectively. We are committed to fighting for the rights of those injured by the negligence of others or from toxic chemical exposure, aiming to secure the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.

Understanding New York Toxic Tort Law

Navigating the complexities of toxic tort law in New York requires an in-depth understanding of both local and state regulations. Toxic tort cases often involve intricate details about exposure to harmful substances that can lead to serious illness. The statute of limitations in New York dictates that individuals have three years from the date of injury discovery to file a lawsuit. Our process typically involves a thorough investigation, from identifying the toxic substance and its effects to proving negligence and liability. We strive to manage all aspects, from insurance claims to negotiations and, if necessary, taking your case to trial, ensuring you receive full financial recovery.

Why Choose a Toxic Exposure Lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb in New York City

At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, our reputation for excellence is built on a foundation of successful advocacy for victims of toxic exposure. Our attorneys, with a combined experience of over 80 years, have been recognized by esteemed legal organizations for their skill and dedication. With a successful track record of recovering more than $500 million for our clients, including those with lead poisoning and asbestos exposure, we are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes swiftly. Our goal is to facilitate your recovery process, allowing you to focus on regaining your health and resuming your life, while striving for maximum compensation.

Types and Consequences of Toxic Exposure

Exposure to hazardous substances, including harmful chemicals and hazardous chemicals, can lead to severe health consequences such as toxic substance breathing issues and chemical burns. Our firm represents clients affected by toxic materials such as heavy metals, mold, volatile organic compounds, toxic mold, and more. Common injuries from such exposure, including prolonged exposure, include respiratory damage, brain and nerve damage, organ failure, and various cancers. Understanding the specific types and causes of toxic exposure is crucial for developing a compelling case and achieving justice for our clients.

Pursuing Compensation for Toxic Exposure in New York

Victims of toxic exposure or exposure to a dangerous substance in New York may be entitled to a range of compensations, including for medical bills, lost income, and suffering caused by illness or disability. Whether through workers’ compensation claims or personal injury lawsuits, our attorneys are adept at securing the necessary support for our clients. We prioritize your physical and emotional recovery, aiming to restore your quality of life to the fullest extent possible. Our commitment includes helping those from certain occupations typically exposed at construction sites, handle hazardous materials, and recover compensation for health problems like lung disease and nervous system impairments.

Contact Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for a Free Consultation from a Skilled New York Toxic Exposure Lawyer

If you’ve been affected by toxic exposure, it’s crucial to act promptly. Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb offers expert legal guidance and support, ensuring that your rights are protected every step of the way. For a comprehensive case evaluation and to learn more about your legal options for seeking justice and compensation, contact us today at 800-PAIN-LAW . Our New York City toxic exposure lawyers are ready to fight for you, demanding accountability from responsible parties for your suffering.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

arien machicotearien machicote
20:55 17 Jul 24
I must say I am extremely happy and amazed at the incredible work at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb they were always available if I had any questions and they were always answered with very professionallyJason Steinberg is a great lawyer and I will always highly suggest this law firm and team to anyone out their. Thank you again to everyone at this incredible Firm!!!
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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New York Toxic Exposure Case FAQs

Understanding the complexities of toxic exposure cases can be overwhelming. Our goal is to provide a brief and general answer to orient those seeking legal assistance. If you’re navigating the aftermath of exposure to harmful substances and require more detailed information, we encourage you to contact a New York City toxic exposure lawyer from Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for a free legal consultation. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring you receive the guidance and support you need during this challenging time. Call us at 800-PAIN-LAW for a consultation.

  • What constitutes a toxic exposure case in New York?

    Toxic exposure cases in New York involve instances where individuals have been harmed due to contact with hazardous substances, such as chemicals, mold, heavy metals, or pollutants. Construction workers, for example, are at a higher risk of encountering toxic chemicals in their workplace through activities like drilling, sanding, cutting metal, welding, and roofing. These cases can arise from various scenarios, including workplace exposure, environmental contamination, and exposure to defective products. Victims may suffer from serious health conditions, including respiratory issues, cancers, and neurological damage, as a direct result of this exposure.

  • Who can be held liable in a toxic exposure case?

  • What is the statute of limitations for toxic exposure cases in New York?

  • Can I file a toxic exposure claim if I was exposed at work?

  • What type of compensation can I recover in a toxic exposure claim?

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