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Federal and state environmental regulations are designed to protect our air and water and prevent corporations from polluting. Unfortunately, harmful chemicals and toxins are released into the water and air on a daily basis. In many cases, this is a result of unscrupulous companies or entire industries valuing the bottom line ahead of health and safety.
Toxic chemicals and other substances can make individuals sick. Or, in cases of massive exposure, they may devastate entire communities. Worst of all, the people suffering the ill effects may not even realize something harmful in their backyard is the cause of their illness.
At Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, we have extensive experience holding corporations responsible for injuries and deaths resulting from negligence, including claims involving exposure to toxins. Please call (407) 712-7300 today for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys serve clients in Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and throughout Florida.
What Is Environmental Litigation?
If you believe that you or your loved ones were made sick by toxins released into your environment, you may be able to file an environmental claim, or toxic tort. A toxic tort allows individuals to recover compensation from corporations or industries whose pollution or byproducts caused their sicknesses and injuries.
Toxic torts may arise from exposure to a variety of different substances, including:
- Lead, mercury, and other heavy metals
- Crude oil
- Toxic waste
- Hazardous chemicals
Improper handling and disposal of hazardous substances can result in contamination of the air, groundwater, and soil. As a result, multiple toxic torts may arise within the same geographic area.
Common Outcomes of Exposure to Environmental Toxins
Environmental claims help people receive compensation for serious medical problems they have suffered as a result of toxic materials or toxic emissions. Some of the most common and serious medical problems that occur from toxic materials and emissions are:
- Lung cancer, including mesothelioma
- Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
- Birth defects
- Brain damage
- Damage to the lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys, and other organs
- Heart disease
- Cognitive and emotional deficits
Our lawyers will fully investigate the cause of the harm you've suffered. If your illness is the result of a toxin or contaminant released into the environment, we will work hard to hold all relevant parties accountable for your sickness and suffering.
Property Damage from Environmental Catastrophes
Depending on the circumstances, your home or business may also be adversely affected by environmental exposure. Toxins in the environment can cause:
- Real or personal property damage
- Natural resource damages
- Short-term and long-term loss of earning capacity and profits
Homeowner's and other property insurance may cover some of these damages, but claims may be delayed or denied. Our attorneys can review your insurance policy and push for a fair and timely resolution of your claim.
One of the most notable examples of property damage stemming from environmental exposure in recent history is the 2010 BP oil spill, which devastated coastal areas in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Those impacted by the spill included:
- Owners of private and commercial boats
- Owners and operators of docks and marinas
- Owners of waterfront properties
- Owners and operators of restaurants that are on the water or depend on fresh seafood
- Individuals and companies in fishing, oyster, and shrimping industries, including fishermen, processors, and packers
The impact of the BP oil spill is still felt heavily in Florida and other areas of the Gulf Coast. However, this disaster is hardly the only one in which people's lives have suffered as a result of toxic exposure.
Contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter for a Free Case Review
If you suspect environmental contamination is the cause of you and your family's chronic illness or the death of a loved one, the law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter can help. Our attorneys have experience with toxic tort claims and other cases of negligence and wrongdoing by corporations. We pledge to investigate the causes of your sickness and injuries and pursue a claim for full compensation from the party or parties responsible.
Please contact an experienced toxic tort lawyer at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today by calling (407) 712-7300 or completing our online form. Our law firm represents clients in environmental litigation claims throughout Florida, including Orlando, Melbourne, Tampa, Miami, and other communities.