Chemical spills can have a long lasting impact on our society and our environment if it is not properly cleaned up in a prompt manner. Whoever is responsible for the spill is also responsible for the clean-up process. If a company works directly with chemicals on a regular basis then it is required that they develop a spill response plan and have the appropriate protective equipment to treat a chemical spill.
There are thousands of chemicals that can imperil the health and safety of innocent people. It is the responsibility of the industries that use, transport, and manufacture potentially dangerous pollutants to protect the public from the harmful affects of their products, and if they fail to do so they can sometimes be held financially accountable for their negligence.
Chemical spills are particularly dangerous because they can affect a large number of people very quickly. Furthermore, they can be extremely difficult to clean up, especially when the responsible companies fail to alert the proper authorities. For example, the dangerous chemical benzene is so dangerous that those responsible for the spill must alert the Environmental Protection Agency if only 10 pounds escape into the environment.
As with any industrial accident, there are several ways chemical spills can occur. Accidents in transport can rupture shipping containers, or chemical byproducts can leak from disposal areas, or the chemicals may be handled or stored improperly. Safety technology has improved dramatically over the last few decades, but unfortunately accidents still happen.
The consequences of chemical spills can be catastrophic. Victims of these environmental disasters can suffer in one of several ways: long term effects and short term effects. Short term effects are usually immediately recognizable. Burns, blindness, and tissue trauma are usually the signs of exposure to a chemical spill.
Unfortunately the long term effects are usually far more dangerous. Cancer, organ failure, respiratory failure, and neurological trauma take years to develop, but by the time they appear it is usually too late to treat them.
Make sure that if you or someone you love was the victim of a chemical spill that you take action immediately. You may be en tilted to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. Let our dedicated and compassionate attorneys help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.