The place you live, the products you use and the work you do may all bring you into contact with chemicals or pollutants. In some cases, hazardous items that you breathe in, consume, or absorb into your body can make you very sick.
When an environmental injury develops as a result of toxins or chemicals, it is important to determine the cause of the harm. If there is a company, person or product responsible for the exposure that made you sick in Miami, you may be able to pursue a claim for monetary damages.
Environmental injury cases can be complicated because many illnesses that result from pollutants or chemical exposure actually have multiple causes. You also may not get sick until months or years after you initially came into contact with the dangerous substance.
Because of the complexity of environmental injury claims, having an experienced attorney is important. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, our Miami injury lawyers have represented more than 32,000 victims or relatives of those who suffered harm, including many afflicted by environmental injuries. Call today or schedule a free consultation to learn more about the legal assistance we can provide on your case.
Many common products have chemicals that turn out to be dangerous to human health. In 2010, for example, The New Yorker wrote about the possible risks of Bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in many plastics and epoxy resins. BPA is an “everyday chemical” that you may come into contact with in goggles, face shields, protective coatings, metal food containers and even baby bottles.
While some risks are expected with products you use, manufacturers also have a certain obligation to make sure that they do not release toxins that can cause dangerous environmental injury. Asbestos, for example, was one of the most hazardous products of all time and people today still get sick with mesothelioma and asbestosis as a result of exposure that happened decades ago.
Product manufacturers, including asbestos manufacturers, can be held responsible for environmental injury if it can be proven that harmful items they produced cause unexpected illnesses. However, manufacturers of dangerous products are not the only ones who could be liable for an environmental injury. You may also be able to take legal action against:
Exposure in the workplace is also very common, but you may not sue an employer under most circumstances. Instead, you become eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim if you were made sick or ill by exposure to workplace environmental hazards or toxins.
To recover compensation for an environmental injury, you must be able to show:
Victims can recover compensation for medical costs, lost income, emotional distress, pain and suffering, or wrongful death. Every case in Miami is different and you need to have your claim evaluated by an experienced environmental injury lawyer for help determining your rights and pursuing damages. Call Steinger, Iscoe & Greene to request a free consultation.