More than 30,000 environmental incidents, caused by negligent behavior of some kind, are reported each year to the U.S. National Response Center. Each of those incidents can result in environmental injury to innocent people, when they come into contact with dangerous toxins in the air, water, earth or buildings.
When an environmental injury occurs and a person suffers a health or financial hardship because of another person’s carelessness, this is called a toxic tort. At The Yost Legal Group, toxic torts are one of our practice specialties. If we can answer any questions for you, please schedule a free personal injury consultation.
Types of Substances That Can Cause Environmental Injury
The number of potentially hazardous substances used in our society has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. Just a few of the types of toxic substances that can cause environmental injury, including the development on certain types of cancer, include:
Compensation for Environmental Injury
Unfortunately for so many people, the effects of an environmental injury can take a long time to show up as health problems. By the time a medical diagnosis is made, the patient may already be in the late stages of a disease. And some environmental injuries are incurable.
In addition, the medical expenses for treatment of an environmental injury can be nearly as catastrophic as the illness itself. Radiation, chemotherapy, intensive surgeries and other types of treatments can leave a victim and his or her family virtually penniless.
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However, if you have been exposed to a toxic substance and can prove that another party is responsible for that exposure, you may have a valid legal claim.
A claim could help you receive compensation for:
- Cost of toxic removal and cleanup
- Past, present and future medical expenses
- Loss of past, present and future income
- Occupational or other types of rehabilitation
- Physical, mental and emotional pain and suffering related to the environmental injury
The toxic tort attorneys at The Yost Legal Group have both the knowledge and experience necessary to be successful in environmental injury law.