Have you or a loved one been the victim of an environmental disaster? Did you suffer an injury or lose a loved one? Was there damage to your home or possessions as a result of corporate accident or neglect? If the answer is yes, we may be able to help.
Corporations and the Environment
When corporations put their profits above the safety and well-being of people, terrible things can happen. The 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill – actually referred to as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – took place in the Gulf of Mexico.
After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, oil gushed from the seafloor for 87 days until July 15, 2010. The amount of oil released into the water was estimated at nearly 5 million barrels, or 210 million gallons.
The environmental effects of this oil spill were devastating. Marine species were contaminated and died, including fish, birds, sea turtles, crustaceans, mollusks, and marine mammals. High levels of toxins were found in the water, land, and air, such as carcinogens (which cause cancer) and chemicals that have been shown to cause severe health problems to humans. The federal government has released numerous Gulf oil spill fact sheets, detailing a great deal of research on this disaster, including the environmental impact and costs to restore the area.
Intentional Environmental Issues
Some environmental issues aren’t caused by accidents, but by intentional acts of a corporation. A striking example of this is the colossal damage caused by corporations purposely not informing their employees about the risks of being exposed to asbestos. Several decades ago, it was common for businesses and homes to use asbestos as an insulation in structures.
The material was fairly cheap to manufacture, making it less expensive to create buildings. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos also caused a certain kind of cancer, called mesothelioma.
Even though manufacturers knew full well that asbestos exposure was causing serious health problems, they also knew the disease wasn’t expected to develop for a long time. In fact, most cases of mesothelioma don’t develop for several decades.
Because these companies knew their workers wouldn’t be experiencing symptoms until long after they quit or retired, they figured it was worth the risk to not warn their workers about the possible health hazards. The results: today, many people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, despite exposure in the 1950s or 60s.
Long Term Problems
Whether they are accidental or intentional, environmental issues can cause long-term problems. The effects of the 2010 BP Oil spill are still being felt, today. Many businesses lost revenue because of their inability to operate (such as fishermen). Others suffered health complications such as asthma, allergies, and numerous medical conditions.
The wildlife in the area had a significant drop in population, and the remaining species suffered injury and deformity.
To correct these problems requires two key ingredients: time and money. Although time is something no one can control, getting money from the corporations who are responsible for these problems is our specialty.
Many victims of accidental, or intentional, corporate environmental issues have come forward. Because of this, corporations are being forced to make huge payouts for their part in these problems. The good news for other victims of these corporate-caused problems is that the American judicial system is getting used to handling these types of lawsuits.
In many cases, the courts have grouped lawsuits together in a specific state or region, to ensure the issues are managed as efficiently as possible.
Big Companies Have Big Legal Teams
When you file an environmental lawsuit against a big company, you can expect to see a big legal team on the other side of the courtroom. With big companies, come big budgets: they can afford to have as many people on their side as they want. To them, more people on their team means they have a better chance of winning.
Luckily, the legal team at Danziger & De Llano know how to respond to the big legal teams of these companies. With two decades of experience in environmental lawsuits, we know what it takes to effectively argue your case and fight for every penny you deserve.
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To help you decide whether or not to file an environmental lawsuit, our staff will schedule an appointment for your free consultation. We are committed to providing you with the information you will need to weigh your options and make an informed decision about your lawsuit.
Contact us today, by phone or using our online form. You won’t be charged for our advice, and we’ll provide a comprehensive review of your legal case.
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