People used to think that the environment and everything in it was at their disposal. Unfortunately this led to the degradation of the air, water, and land to the point where some places in this country are uninhabitable due to the amount of pollution. In some cases the pollution is unknown to the surrounding people, and they only discover they have been poisoned after their biopsies come back positive for cancer, or their unborn children suffer birth defects so drastic that they will never survive after birth.
The industries that pollute the environment often believe they can get away with their crimes due to the very nature of the incident. Environmental accidents can be the result of a small or subtle incident that slowly escalates into a major problem. Other times companies can attempt to dodge responsibility by using statistics and "evidence" to prove that their actions (or inactions) were justified at the time and did not cause any significant harm.
Common pollutants such as benzene, chromium, mercury, asbestos, and trichloroethylene pose serious health consequences to the public at large. These chemicals are known to cause a wide variety of health problems such as leukemia, birth defects, blindness, burns, cancer, sterility, and death. Industry, commercial production, power generation, and agricultural fields generate billions of gallons of poison every year, and careless or negligent companies sometimes fail to take responsibility for the harm they cause.
Human beings are not the only creatures affected by environmental pollutants. Plants and animals are just as susceptible to the harm caused by these dangerous chemicals, and thousands of farmers have lost untold sums of money in livestock and produce due to contaminants in the air, water, or soil. Most times these farmers have little recourse other than to accept the fact that their livelihood was destroyed by careless industries that put their profits ahead of their concern for the public.
Environmental law has become critically important in recent years as the results of abusing the planet are now coming to light. Thousands of people are potentially at risk of developing any number of serious health problems due to environmental pollutants, if not now than at some time in the future.
If you have suffered because of a situation caused by an environmental pollutant, you may be entitled to take legal action against those responsible for your condition. Do not hesitate to consult our dedicated and experienced environmental law attorneys immediately. It will be the best decision you ever make. Contact us today.