Toxic Torts and Environmental Contamination
As industry continues to grow, so does the risk of environmental contamination. Large manufacturers generate massive amounts of waste that needs to be disposed of both properly and safely. Unfortunately, this waste is often deliberately dumped into oceans or landfills, where it pollutes the waters or contaminates the soil. When this negligent dumping occurs near populated areas, the effects on residents can be devastating, causing illness and even wrongful death.
When you have been harmed by a company’s negligence to the environment, you’ll need powerful attorney representation to ensure your rights are protected. PARRIS toxic torts lawyers can ensure you will be justly compensated for damages associated with this type of egregiously unjust personal injury. Our lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to litigate these often complex cases effectively.
Complexities of Toxic Tort Cases
Toxic tort lawsuits are typically difficult to prove because the connection between exposure to a toxic chemical and a resulting injury or disease is often hard to determine. Many cancers, such as mesothelioma, that result from toxic exposure can develop for years before the appearance of physical symptoms. However, with diligence and care, a connection can be successfully established and negligence proven.
PARRIS toxic torts attorneys will review technical reports, analytical data, air modeling inputs and outputs, boring logs, ecological studies, mechanical integrity records, engineering specifications or technical drawings, and other applicable documentation to determine the cause of injury. Our lawyers will consult with toxicologists, doctors, and other experts who can demonstrate links between exposure to dangerous toxins or chemicals and illness and injury.
Successful Toxic Tort Lawsuits Require Timely Action
Prompt action is crucial to the success of toxic tort lawsuits. With adequate time, our attorneys can take measures to preserve evidence, investigate the facts surrounding the claim, and locate experts who can evaluate victims’ injuries. Even more importantly, most toxic tort actions must be filed within a certain period for the claim to be valid. Beyond the period imposed by the relevant statute of limitations, victims have little or no legal entitlement to compensation.
Types of Toxic Tort Cases
The types of toxic tort cases handled by PARRIS Law Firm can involve a range of serious illnesses and injuries, including:
- Illnesses caused by lead poisoning, toxic mold problems, or carbon monoxide poisoning
- Significant burn injuries caused by chemical spills or explosions
- Serious illness due to long-term exposure to solvents, asbestos, silicates, polyvinyl chlorides, mercury, and other industrial chemicals and materials
- Sickness due to exposure to radioactive substances such as radon, barium, thorium, or other materials often used in clinical settings
- Diseases caused by exposure to soil or groundwater toxins, often resulting from leaking underground storage tanks for benzene, gasoline, or other dangerous compounds
- Illnesses resulting from the careless or reckless use of pesticides or herbicides in agricultural areas.
The massive L.A. sewage spill at the Hyperion plant resulted in 17 million gallons in the Santa Monica Bay.
Hyperion Sewage Spill: Sewer Gas Toxic Tort Case
PARRIS toxic tort lawyers will be representing the victims of a recent environmental disaster in El Segundo, CA: the Hyperion Sewage Spill.
In July 2021, L.A. Sanitation & Environment (LASAN)’s negligence caused untreated, raw sewage to flood the surface of the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa Del Rey, CA. The spill released hydrogen sulfide and other toxic gases into the air, polluting nearby homes in El Segundo. Life became unbearable for residents: as El Segundo residents began to get sick from sewer gas exposure, many were forced to relocate or install expensive air conditioning.
Sewer gas exposure can lead to a range of symptoms, including anxiety, dizziness, respiratory distress, and nausea. LASAN could have protected El Segundo residents from sewer gas exposure, yet failed to do so. PARRIS lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of El Segundo residents who have suffered from LASAN’s negligence.
Compensation for Toxic Tort Damages
Our toxic tort lawyers will aggressively pursue justice on behalf of those harmed by exposure to toxic substances. When the reckless or careless actions of others cause this exposure, victims are entitled to compensation for damages incurred as a result, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
In cases in which exposure has led to the wrongful death of the victim, surviving family members may be entitled to additional compensation, including awards for burial and funeral expenses and loss of support.
Contact PARRIS Toxic Tort Lawyers Today
PARRIS toxic tort lawyers have helped numerous victims of toxic exposure obtain compensation. If you or a loved one has been harmed by toxic chemicals or dangerous contamination, we can help. Contact PARRIS for your free toxic tort case consultation today. You pay no fees until we win.
Environment law encompasses various legal matters related to the protection and preservation of the environment. It encompasses a wide range of cases concerning environmental regulations and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organizations in relation to natural resources and ecosystems.