Many personal injury cases involve sudden accidents where individuals are seriously injured or killed. This may include a car accident, workplace fall, or dog bite injury. However, there are many other hazards that slowly impact our health and well-being.
These dangers may be invisible to the naked eye, take years to cause injury, and cause some people to suffer without ever knowing what caused the injury. Environmental hazards are all around us. These can lead to expensive medical bills, disability, pain, and suffering. However, a personal injury attorney can help you receive compensation from those responsible for your injuries.
Environmental injuries and toxic exposure may be difficult to detect and deceptively dangerous. There may be toxins in the air we breath, lead in our drinking water or contaminants in the soil where our children run and play. In some cases, the government agencies responsible for making monitoring toxic chemicals may be understaffed and underfunded. Some companies may be willfully dumping dangerous chemicals or polluting the air because it is cheaper than complying with the law.
Unfortunately for the innocent victims, an environmental injury may not be detected until it is too late. Exposure to environmental hazards may leave children with developmental problems, brain damage, or damage to the nervous system. Years of toxic exposure may lead to cancer or other fatal injuries. In many cases, it is a personal injury attorney that investigates their client's injury, discovering that it can be traced back to hazardous environmental exposure.
Toxic Air and Water Exposure
Environmental injuries can be caused by sudden exposure to a dangerous chemical or hazardous waste. Injuries can also be caused by long-term exposure to toxic chemicals. These exposures can occur in the workplace, in the home, and even at school. One of the biggest problems encountered when dealing with these environmental injuries is discovering the problem.
Some diseases or injuries may take decades to develop. Over time, the injured victim may change schools, move to a different city, and change their vocation. Only, later on, do they discover a disease that could have been caused by environmental exposure. By that time, the injury may be traced back to multiple sources. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate their client's case, track down potential defendants, and make sure those responsible for causing the injury are held accountable for the harm they've caused.
Many environmental injuries involve hazardous exposure in the workplace. Certain jobs involve regular exposure to toxic chemicals and hazardous substances. This includes heavy manufacturing, mining, farming, metalwork, and construction. Even a dry cleaning company can release hazardous chemicals into the soil. Years of breathing in dangerous chemicals or fine particulates can lead to lung cancer, silicosis, or other pulmonary problems. Other accidents with chemicals can result in chemical burns, scarring, and tissue damage.
Environmental Injuries at School
Parents warn their children of dangers involving crossing the street safely, stranger danger, and saying no to drugs. However, it may be the school parents send their children to every day that is putting them at risk of injury. Older school buildings may have lead paint, asbestos, or lead water pipes. Even newer schools may have hazardous exposure risks when they are built on contaminated land or are near a plant that is releasing toxic chemicals into the air.
Environmental Injuries at Home
Many people are shocked to learn that their entire family has been exposed to dangerous environmental hazards at home. Entire neighborhoods may be dealing with toxic substances in the air from a nearby power plant, glass-making business, paper mill, or other manufacturing. Some of these companies may be releasing smoke into the air, reducing air quality, and causing some children to suffer breathing problems or develop asthma.
Even our own homes can present environmental dangers. Most houses built before 1978 are likely to have lead paint. Chipping paint or sanding the lead paint walls can release toxic lead particles into the air. Lead exposure has been shown to cause anemia, seizures, coma, brain disability, and memory problems, especially in children. Lead water pipes and asbestos in the home are other causes of concern.
DC Environmental Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one suffered an environmental injury, you should talk to an experienced Washington D.C. injury attorney about getting compensation for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Your personal injury attorney will investigate your case, identify all the possible causes of your injuries, help guide you through the claims process and advise you of your options. You should not have to suffer due to someone else's negligence. Do not hesitate to call Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.