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9Exposure to chemicals and toxins can cause you to become very sick and can lead to fatal environmental injuries. Unfortunately, Floridians are regularly exposed to hazardous substances at work or because individuals and companies don’t live up to their obligations for safe storage and disposal.

If you or a loved one experiences an environmental injury, you need to understand your legal rights and file a legal claim to get compensation for damages. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has extensive experience representing victims harmed by toxic exposure. Call today to schedule your free consultation with a Florida environmental injury lawyer who can help you.

Health Effects of Environmental Toxins

Exposure to toxic chemicals or hazardous materials at work or in the environment can cause serious physical and mental problems, including but not limited to:

  • Cancer: Around 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed annually, with asbestos exposure the primary cause according to Cancer.org. This is just one type of cancer caused by one type of dangerous substance. Physicians for Social Responsibility lists other common carcinogens including arsenic, benzene, BPA, dioxins, formaldehyde, PBDEs, PAHs, and vinyl chloride.
  • Birth defects:Substances that can cause birth defects are called teratogens. The level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy at the time of exposure can affect the likelihood of a child suffering birth defects due to toxins.
  • Respiratory problems and lung conditions: Molds, asbestos and other toxins can cause respiratory problems ranging from COPD to an increased risk of asthma to asbestosis.
  • Cognitive impairments: Mold, lead and other toxins can cause cognitive impairments. Children are at the greatest risk of impaired cognitive function as a result of exposure to lead.
  • Neurological impairments: Certain types of chemicals and toxins can affect the central nervous system and result in severe neurological impairment. For example, exposure to high levels of mycotoxins secreted by mold can trigger immune system response and cause neurological damage.

These are just some examples of different health issues that can result when exposed to hazardous substances at home, at school or at work.

Taking Legal Action for Environmental Injuries in Florida

If you are exposed to toxins or chemicals, it is important to determine who is responsible. In some cases, your injury will occur at work and you may receive workers’ compensation benefits including disability income and payment of medical bills. Victims exposed at work cannot sue employers, but can take legal action and make a personal injury or wrongful death claim against others responsible for exposure, such as asbestos manufacturers.

Victims may also be exposed to substances that cause environmental injury as a result of dangerous products in their home; landlords who fail to provide a safe environment; construction crews that do not take steps to limit exposure to asbestos or other hazards; or companies that do not properly secure and store toxins.

A Florida environmental injury attorney can help victims determine who is liable and pursue a claim for compensation. Contact Steinger, Iscoe & Greene at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort MyersOrlando, Okeechobee today to schedule your free consultation and learn how we can help you.

Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Today

At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our experienced personal injury lawyers have the strong legal backgrounds and extensive legal knowledge that you need to have the best chance of a successful personal injury claim. Whether you are negotiating a settlement outside of court or proving your claim to a jury, you can trust us to use our legal skills to help you get the best outcome possible.