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Toxic Tort & Occupational Exposure Litigation

Degan, Blanchard & Nash provides its clients with efficient, innovative and effective representation in actions involving personal injury or property damage arising from exposure to a variety of potentially toxic substances. Toxic tort cases typically involve bodily injury claims arising from allegations of exposure to toxic chemicals or hazardous materials. Degan, Blanchard & Nash has represented manufacturers, retailers, distributors, material suppliers, property owners, and public utilities in actions in state and federal courts throughout the southeastern United States. The following are representative areas in which Degan, Blanchard & Nash has represented clients:

Degan, Blanchard & Nash has extensive experience representing clients in individual suits in state and federal court, as well as in MDL proceedings and class actions. The firm represents numerous toxic tort clients on a local, regional and national level. Our attorneys have extensive experience working with experts to develop complex medical and epidemiological defenses in toxic tort suits and we strive to stay abreast of the most current developments in science and the medical literature. We are well-versed in multi-party complex tort litigation and the unique demands it presents. Our experience includes not only trial work, but negotiation and successful alternative dispute resolution of toxic tort cases, as well. Our depth of experience in the area in both trial and appellate courts allows us to thoroughly evaluate all claims facing our clients and to provide them with the best legal representation whether they face one suit or any number of claims.

Most recently, Degan, Blanchard & Nash has defended several lawsuits involving the clean up activities of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. That litigation, as extensive as it was regarding the actual release of oil, extended beyond to injuries allegedly sustained by workers during the clean up operations. The oil dispersant utilized during the procedure allegedly caused a toxic exposure reaction to clean up workers. Degan, Blanchard & Nash defended several temporary employment service agencies who contracted for the oil clean up procedure, as well as third party contract companies involved in that same toxic reaction litigation.

Degan, Blanchard & Nash has, most recently, become involved in defending toxic tort litigation regarding the "fracking" process of recovering oil and gas from certain geological formations. This process involves hydraulic fracturing, a process used to exploit oil and gas formations previously deemed too difficult to reach, or unproductive due to greatly diminished output. In this process, fluids, under high pressure, are pumped into a natural gas or oil well to retrieve remaining oil. These fluids contain chemicals and natural additives and are alleged to have caused toxic damage to property, as well as toxic reactions to drilling employees. Companies have begun actively pursuing oil and natural gas deposits utilizing the fracking method in Louisiana, Texas, and the Arkansas area. In addition, companies have begun pursuing the technique in the Gulf of Mexico region. The fracking process requires large quantities of water mixed with certain chemicals which are alleged to cause property damage, coastline loss, as well as toxic reactions to individual workers and the public in areas affected. Degan, Blanchard & Nash has been instrumental in the legal realities of the fracking process from defending toxic tort litigation, defending workers’ compensation related claims, as well as contract litigation for administrative agencies such as the mineral boards within the Gulf states region.

Degan, Blanchard & Nash is pleased to provide its clients with cost effective representation in toxic tort and occupational exposure litigation, as well as representation in the newest fields of toxic exposure.