Environmental Litigation FAQ
Common Questions About Environmental Law & Your Rights
Environmental law is an important part of our firm's practice. In our mission to protect the rights of the injured, we at Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP are committed to representing property owners and others who have suffered financial losses and physical injuries as a result of toxic contamination. Though various local, state and federal agencies have the task of enforcing environmental laws, those who have been adversely affected by violations of these laws may need help of their own. That is where our environmental litigation attorneys come into the picture. You can learn more about our environmental litigation practice by reviewing the following questions and answers or by contacting our office for a free consultation.
How can I find out whether I have grounds for a claim?
Environmental law matters are particularly complex, not only because there are various federal, state and local laws to consider but because they may be technical in nature. It takes evidence to prove that a company is responsible for water contamination, improper waste disposal or other act that has caused your illness. The best way to proceed is by involving an attorney who is experienced in handling cases of this kind and who has the resources to properly investigate your case. The attorneys at Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, LLP have more than 150 years of collective legal experience and have recovered over $4 billion for the injured since 2000 alone. Now is the time to
contact our office to see how we can help you.
What are some examples of substances that cause illness through contamination?
Serious illnesses may be caused by exposure to a number of different substances, including asbestos, benzene, pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals and radiation. Asbestos, for example, may cause a very serious and deadly form of cancer called
mesothelioma if a person inhales or ingests its fibers.
What are some of the types of injuries or illnesses caused by toxic contamination?
A wide range of diseases and illnesses may be linked to toxins in the environment. As already mentioned, asbestos may cause mesothelioma. It may also cause asbestosis, lung cancer and other respiratory conditions. Pesticide exposure may lead to birth defects, tumors, blood disorders, reproductive effects and nerve disorders. Lead poisoning has a number of adverse effects, particularly in children. It may cause damage to the nervous system and may lead to renal failure, developmental delays, seizure and decreased muscle and bone growth. It may even be fatal. Many forms of cancer and health conditions affecting the nervous system, heart, kidneys, liver and other primary organs may be caused by exposure to various toxins.
What are some of the main industries responsible for contamination?
The primary offenders when it comes to environmental contamination include manufacturing, mining, oil and gas exploration, waste management, development, transportation, storage and energy.
What is a "cluster" and how may this be an indication of an environmental hazard?
The term cluster in this sense is used to describe a number of health-related events, such as illnesses, that are related in terms of when and/or where they occurred. For example, numerous cases of lead poisoning in a certain geographic area may indicate that toxic contamination has occurred.
How can your firm help me with a lawsuit of this kind?
Our law firm represents the injured. We help people whose lives have been turned upside down by property damage, illness or the loss of a loved one caused by contamination. Carelessness and outright criminal acts by large corporations may cause damage to the environment and people living and working in the area. We go up against these corporations, holding them accountable for their conduct by seeking financial compensation for the people they have injured. You can learn more about our services and how we can help you by contacting an environmental litigation lawyer at our office for a free, confidential case review.