June 2, 2016
Contaminated Water, Living, and Work Conditions
Environmental concerns in America are at an all time high, and with good reason. Between contaminated water, asbestos exposure, and old lead paint, the amount of people affected by these environmentally-related issues is in the millions. Whether you were exposed to chemicals at work or in your personal life, if you have suffered injury, you may have a cause of action for a toxic exposure case.
Understanding Toxic Exposure
Toxic exposure is a unique area of the law because physical symptoms of illnesses associated with these conditions are often delayed for years, if not decades.
For example, mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is linked to asbestos exposure. People working in particular industries in the last hundred years or so have been disproportionately affected by exposure to asbestos, and asbestos use became federally regulated beginning the 1970s. Military personnel, shipyard, construction, and building employees were the most affected by high exposure to asbestos, but residential homes, commercial buildings, and public places contained the cancer-causing component, as well.
Asbestos-related illness has been attributed to millions of deaths and debilitating medical conditions. Litigating these types of cases requires significant experience in the area; a skilled lawyer must understand the relevant medical terminology, the causes and treatments of mesothelioma, and the personal history of the client in order to be an effective advocate.
The same is true for other toxic tort litigation. Flint, Michigan, for example, has received recent national media attention over the last several weeks for its unsanitary, undrinkable water supply. Despite the attention in Flint, recent news reports indicate these types of toxic water conditions are found elsewhere in the country, including San Diego.
Toxic, or contaminated, water supply has been linked to forms of cancer, leukemia, bacterial infections, and even death. This is particularly concerning when it appears that digestion and contact with contaminated water can contribute to these ailments, especially when you consider the bath water you put your children in, the hose you water your lawn with, and the tap water you drink and feed to your family.
What the various toxic tort litigation claims have in common is their complexity. None of these cases are simple and each of them require strategic litigation, many witnesses, competent expert testimony, and zealous advocacy by an attorney who truly cares about the client. Some of these cases, particularly asbestos-related claims, involve things that happened decades ago and require significant research, patience, and organization.
San Diego Toxic Exposure Defense Lawyers
At Injury Trial Lawyers, APC our personal injury lawyers in San Diego understand the severity and complexity of these cases. We have seen families lose loved ones to the terrible consequences of toxic chemicals found in daily life, work, and in the water supply and we will tirelessly aim to ensure justice is served for you and your family.
If you or anyone you know has become ill and you suspect toxic chemicals are the root of this illness, you may have a right to compensation for your medical bills, loss of quality of life and earning capacity, and lost income. Contact our convenient San Diego law office to learn more about your legal rights as a victim of toxic exposure.