Environmental Injury

Our environment is precious. When companies are careless with chemicals; when unsafe pesticides are used; when noxious fumes and industrial waste are released in the environment, and when man-made carcinogens are freely distributed the health and safety of all is in danger. At Novins, York & Jacobus we are ready to stand up to negligent companies who threaten communities and individuals.  There are a number of situations that can lead to an environmental disease or injury including:

  • Lead Poisoning
  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Toxic Waste
  • Chemicals
  • Pollution

The Impact

Environmental dangers tend to go undetected for long periods of time. By the time they are detected, workers, individuals in a community, and even animals can be extremely ill. There are many injuries that can be caused by chemicals. Sometimes, two or more chemicals combine in such a way that a lethal “chemical cocktail” is formed to cause even more serious injuries including the following:

  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Asthma
  • Serious Allergies
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Other Forms of Cancer
  • Neurological, Heart, and Liver Conditions

Sources of Contamination

The three ways in which individual homeowners, businesses, and workers may be harmed are air contamination, ground water contamination, and soil contamination.

Air Contamination

Air contamination occurs in many ways. Atmospheric contamination can occur when chemical companies or other businesses are releasing noxious fumes into the air, which then drift over people’s homes and businesses. They may be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Harm can also be caused by ground water contamination or soil contamination.

Ground Water Contamination

Ground water contamination usually arises when individuals have wells. The families who own the wells are then exposed to the chemicals through the drinking water, through contact with the skin, or through breathing the poisonous fumes from heated water. The ground water, or aquifer, is contaminated with the specific chemicals released by the responsible party.

The chemicals form into a “plume” that flows into the aquifer. Areas with low water tables may be particularly susceptible to contamination, resulting in atmospheric or air contamination in people’s homes. If the pollutants emit vapors, like gasoline or other chemicals, they can invade homes and become a potent chemical cocktail.

Soil Contamination

Soil contamination is usually caused by contaminated creek water, river water, or some other body of water that flows over and around areas near homes and businesses. It can also be caused by ground water pollution and the resulting “plume” described above. Contaminated soil is particularly insidious since it may be carried into the home where it may be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin.

Environmental contamination can have devastating consequences.  Side effects can be severe, and far too often they are terminal. Environmental injuries are very costly and can include the need for the following:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Medications
  • Long-Term Care

Not to mention lost earning power, and pain and suffering.

The attorneys at Novins, York & Jacobus utilize our experience and comprehensive understanding of these issues to pursue compensation on behalf of individuals and families who have been impacted by environmental injuries.