Many aspects of modern life are made possible by the use of chemicals and materials that are hazardous or toxic to humans. When these materials escape, the resulting environmental pollution can result in serious injuries and long-term illnesses to those who are exposed. Because of the extreme risk these materials can pose, their use and transportation is often highly regulated by both state and federal law.
In addition, in certain cases manufacturers of these materials may be held to a strict liability standard, meaning that they can be held liable for any injuries caused by their product, regardless of the absence of any wrongdoing or fault. Often, symptoms or illnesses that are the result of exposure to toxic materials take years or even decades to appear, so it is important for people who have developed an unexplained illness or condition to discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible in order to determine whether they may have a legal claim.
There are many parties that could potentially be liable in a case involving exposure to toxic or otherwise hazardous materials. As in any other type of personal injury case, determining who the responsible party or parties are turns on figuring out exactly how an accident occurred. The parties liable in an environmental injury case could be as far as a trucking company that transports hazardous materials to a compounding pharmacy several miles from your home. Environmental injuries can occur in a number of ways. Some of the more common include the following:
There are many other potential ways that an environmental injury could occur, and it is important to have an attorney review the facts of your case to make sure that your legal rights are protected.
The injuries that people who are exposed to toxic or hazardous materials can sustain are as varied as are the materials themselves. For example, people who are exposed to asbestos may develop a specific type of cancer known as mesothelioma. This form of cancer is extremely rare, and usually occurs in people who have been exposed to asbestos. Often, the period between the asbestos exposure and a person developing mesothelioma can be as long as 20 or 30 years.
In other cases, a community may collectively start noticing an above average cancer rate before ever considering that there was an environmental hazard present in their area. Some of the more common kinds of injuries or symptoms that people sustain as a result of exposure to toxic or hazardous materials include:
People who have been sustained an environmental injury may be entitled to significant compensation for their losses, and should discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.