Over the past century, the world has seen a number of industrial advances that have improved both the length of our lives and our standard of living. Unfortunately, an unintended byproduct of these industrial advances has been the increasing number of dangerous and toxic substances polluting the environment.
Although many people recognize the names of some of the most famous (or infamous) disasters such as Love Canal or Three Mile Island, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of sites all over the United States that are too contaminated with toxins to be used, and which await cleanup by the Environmental Protection Agency. Perhaps you unknowingly live near one of these contaminated sites.
Dangerous substances are everywhere. Many older buildings still have lead-based paint, which can cause brain damage, especially in children. That’s why it is important to have a good NewYork Injury Lawyer to know your rights. For years, workers were regularly exposed to asbestos, which is now known to be a leading cause of lung problems and cancer. Dry-cleaning chemicals and other solvents can cause brain damage and organ failure; pesticides used on crops can cause birth defects; waste that seeps out of a landfill can cause such varied problems as groundwater contamination and leukemia–the list goes on and on.
With the rise in the number of these toxins, there has been a similar rise in so-called “toxic tort” cases. A toxic tort case is nothing more than a lawsuit to recover for an injury or a death that is caused by exposure to some toxic substance.
Toxic tort cases can be difficult and expensive to win. Often, people become ill without knowing why and it may take years to trace their problems back to the specific toxin causing the illness. Because corporate polluters are hardly eager to advertise their involvement with poisoning the environment, tracking down the party responsible for the toxins can also take years. Finally, the connection between the toxin in the environment and the injury must be shown, which usually requires expert scientific, medical, and engineering testimony to connect the dots. People who bring toxic tort suits against polluters often have to prove that they have, in fact, been injured and that they are not hypochondriacs who are merely imagining some problem that does not actually exist.
If you have been injured from toxic substance exposure and are considering legal action, please contact a New York lawyer for advice and guidance. Given the complexity of such cases, having good legal counsel is vitally important to help you file a legitimate claim, to make sure that you do not miss some deadline for filing your claim, to prepare the necessary legal paperwork, and to help you present your case to the jury.
Stephen Bilkis & Associates, with convenient locations throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including Sugar Hill in Harlem can provide you advice related to injury from toxic products. Without an attorney, you may not be protecting you and your loved ones… know all your rights.