Environmental injuries and illnesses
Environmental injuries can happen in any setting. Whether at work, home, or at a public place, environmental injuries require special medical attention from toxicology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. When toxic substances in the environment make someone sick, that individual has the right to pursue a claim for compensation.
We can help you with your environmental injuries
When you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence you are entitled to receive compensation. Your health could be put at risk. Remember environmental injuries could go undetected for years. Some of these conditions can be life-threatening and may also cause cancer.
Medical complications that may arise from toxic waste, lead poisoning, and asbestos, should be treated as soon as possible. A Miami injury lawyer can handle virtually any complicated environmental injury claim on your behalf. Contact us today.
Types of environmental health hazards
There are different types of environmental injuries. For example, diseases of thermoregulation such as hypothermia and hyperthermia need treatment that will require restoring the body’s normal temperature and monitoring if any complications will arise. Oxygen deprivation or when someone inhales an irritant or asphyxiant chemical, he or she may suffer injuries as well. Toxic plants are the cause of poisoning emergencies, especially with children. There are also poisonous marine organisms that may contribute to a wide variety of injuries such as fatal envenomation, and cutaneous eruption. Lighting injuries can be very deadly too. These high-voltage electrical injuries require diverse approaches to treatment.
Examples of toxic substances in the environment
There are thousands of types of environmental hazards circulating in our environment. Some of them include:
- Pesticides: According to statistics by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) around 50 to 90 percent of pesticides have been found in U.S. foods.
- Phthalates: These chemicals help soften plastics, and lengthen the life of fragrances.
- Dioxins: These chemicals come as a result of waste incineration and burning fuels such as coal, oil, and wood.
- Heavy metals: Some metals such as mercury, arsenic, water pipes, aluminum and cadmium can collect in the body’s soft tissues.
- Chlorine: This yellow-green gas can be very toxic and it’s widely used.
- PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls): This chemical has been banned in our nation. However, it still in our environment.
Effects of environmental toxins to human Health
Toxic substances can deteriorate your health:
- Pesticides, for example, are linked to risks such as Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, cancer, birth defects, etc. Pesticides are found in food such as vegetables, fruits, and commercially raised meats.
- Phthalates can damage the endocrine system and they are found in plastic bottles, plastic wrap, and plastic food storage containers.
- Dioxins can cause cancer, severe skin disease, rashes, and discoloration, liver damage, and reproductive and developmental disorders.
- Heavy metals: Some of the risks involved with these chemicals are foggy head, Alzheimer's disease, neurological disorders, nausea and vomiting, and abnormal heart rhythm. His is found in fish, drinking water, building materials, chlorine plants, and dental amalgams.
- Chlorine: Dangers associated with these include severe eye and skin burns, wheezing, eye and skin irritation, coughing, sore throat, pain in the lung region, and accumulation of fluid in the lungs. Some risks include reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), pain in the lung region, lung collapse, blue coloring of the skin, rapid breathing, etc. Major sources for these chemicals are drinking water, household cleaners, and living close to industries that use chlorine processes.
- PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls): Risks associated with them are fetal brain development, and cancer. These chemicals are found in farm-raised salmon.
Who can be liable if you file a claim?
When someone is exposed to toxic and hazardous substances and injured as a result of that, the entity that caused the exposure should be liable for the injuries received. You need to prove you were exposed to harmful materials. You also need to demonstrate that the hazardous material hurt you and that the company is liable for the damages received.
Liability in these types of claims is as follows:
- Negligence: This is when someone knows beforehand about the dangers the toxic substance will cause and they didn’t do anything about it.
- Breach of warranty: This is when products, with and without a warranty, cause harm to someone. The company that sold them is responsible for breaking the implied promise.
- Strict liability: This is for things that are inherently dangerous and if something breaks or doesn’t work, the court assumes the company is accountable.
Hire an Environmental injury Lawyer to handle your case
Hiring an experienced toxic attorney is often the best solution to handle your situation. A Miami injury lawyer can help you determine the best course of action. You will be able to build evidence and show that the exposure to these hazardous and toxic substances caused the harm.