Toxic Exposure Claims

As a member of the community, you may not have the resources to stand up for yourself. Governmental and state regulatory agencies may be understaffed and under-funded. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping communities fight back when various industries pollute the soil, water and air, exposing numerous people to tremendous health risks. If you have been affected by toxic exposure, feel free to contact us and we will do all in our power to obtain the most satisfactory outcome for your case.

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Our legal process in various toxic exposure cases

One of our additional goals is to support the municipalities' efforts to construct long-term strategic initiatives that encourage polluters to become more responsible as members of the community.

We are based in Alabama, but our cases take us all over the country. We work through the details, the causation, and the science needed to prove community toxic exposure. Some of the toxic exposure cases are very complex and commonly take a few years to resolve, finding the best legal assistance is a crucial part.

Between 1952 and 1987, soldiers who were stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and the family members who lived with them on the site were exposed to multiple toxic agents from drinking water.

As a part of the Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, veterans can now receive free healthcare from the VA medical facilities around the country if they were on active duty at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days, even if they do not have a disease which might be caused by exposure to dangerous chemicals. Their family members are also eligible for compensation, which a lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases will help them recover from the liable party. However, both soldiers and family members must have a disease, which is related to toxic exposure in order to qualify for compensation. Thereby, if you are a soldier or a family member in this situation, we strongly encourage you to file a personal injury claim with the assistance of our skillful attorneys.

Aqueous film forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, is a type of fire-suppressant foam commonly used for fighting high-hazard flammable liquid fires. Although AFFF is the most effective way to combat Class B fires and save human lives, recently has been determined to be highly toxic as it contains PFOA and PFOS. Increasing scientific and medical evidence shows that exposure to PFOA and PFOS through AFFF is related to kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer, and testicular cancer. If you suspect that your cancer or another medical condition was caused by exposure to AFFF, get in touch with our specialized attorneys who will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

We serve veterans diagnosed with kidney, pancreatic or testicular cancer due to AFFF exposure

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has accepted that veterans may have been affected by exposure to PFOS and PFOA. The department has added the chemicals to its list of possible military exposures and asks veterans to report any health problems associated with exposure to the fire-fighting foam in military facilities. If you are a veteran who has experienced one of the conditions above and feel you were exposed to contaminated groundwater at one of the bases listed on the Pentagon’s report, you may be eligible for compensation from the VA. If you have been harmed by toxic AFFF exposure give us a call to discuss your legal options.

People who developed lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or throat cancer as a result of tobacco smoking are eligible for compensation. While you may think that filing a claim with a tobacco manufacturer is a futile endeavor, this is actually far from the truth, as you can recover the money you are entitled to with the help of a specialized attorney.

We have been providing legal assistance to numerous people whose health was affected by tobacco smoking and are bound to do the same for you. Although the legal process is quite complex and tedious, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will only have to explain your smoking habit to our attorneys and send our experts your medical records as proof of related diagnosis.

It is important to know that, in order to qualify for seeking compensation, you must have begun smoking before 1964 as a minor, and your diagnosis must not be older than two years. Eventually, we will obtain the most favorable outcome for your case if you are or were a smoker who developed a disease as a consequence of this habit.

Since 1962, paraquat has been widely used throughout the United States, as it is a very strong and effective herbicide. However, paraquat is highly toxic, which is why only agricultural workers can use it, as residential use is forbidden. Exposure to paraquat can result in Parkinson’s disease over time, a diagnosis for which you can file a claim to recover financial compensation.

According to medical studies, people who are regularly exposed to paraquat have a 250% higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. If you struggle with this disease and have worked with paraquat, we strongly encourage you to contact our attorneys, who specialize in toxic exposure. After a thorough case review, they will file a claim on your behalf, which will eventually result in the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to from the liable companies.

Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls may be either occupational or environmental and can result in numerous severe conditions, including various forms of cancer. If your health has been affected following prolonged exposure to PCBs, our attorneys can offer you support and quality legal representation in order to obtain the maximum compensation available.

Approximately 30% of all PCBs are present in the environment, while up to 70% of these chemicals are currently in use

Polychlorinated biphenyls are manufactured organic chemicals, which are widely prevalent in the environment. They are odorless, tasteless, and can also be found in the food chain, thus causing numerous harmful health effects, from cancer to critical systems damage. Until 1977, PCBs have been extensively manufactured in the U.S. and used as insulating materials, coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors, electrical appliances, and old fluorescent lighting fixtures.

However, the disposal of PCBs has been neglected for many years, thus being responsible for the exposure of countless individuals. Prolonged exposure is accountable for dermatologic conditions, hepatic damage, and respiratory conditions, and entails negative reproductive and developmental effects as well.

Although pursuing PCBs exposure cases can often be a very challenging and difficult endeavor, our attorneys are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to obtain the compensation are entitled to. Thus, if you have been diagnosed with a serious condition following exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, you are highly encouraged to contact us.

A causal relation between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has already been confirmed by numerous studies. If you have been affected by this disease following the regular use of a talcum powder product, our experienced lawyers can provide you with the support and quality legal representation you need in order to obtain financial compensation. We encourage you to contact us, as the number of personal injury claims filed with talcum powder manufacturers is currently on the rise and a positive outcome is definitely possible.

The risk for ovarian cancer is approximately 33% higher for women who regularly use talcum powder

The correlation between talcum powder and ovarian cancer has almost been formally confirmed, as more and more studies are revealing reliable evidence to support it. It has been estimated that the risk of developing this malignant disease increases by up to 33% for women who frequently use talcum powder as a hygiene product. Asbestos fibers can reach the ovaries through the vagina where severe inflammation subsequently occurs, which may, in turn, lead to cancer.

Between 1,200 and 2,000 lawsuits against talc distributors and manufacturers are currently pending in the U.S. and several cases have already been successfully resolved, victims, receiving substantial financial compensation.

When various sites become contaminated with hazardous substances and require cleanup under the regulations of CERCLA (the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980), also known as Superfund, our aim is to recover the costs of this procedure from all the real parties involved. Our clients, both companies and individuals, ranging from real estate owners to agricultural businesses and chemical manufacturers.

The costs of CERCLA cleanup activities have been preponderantly paid by the parties responsible for the cleanup of contamination

The purpose of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 is to fund the costs entailed by the cleanup activities required to remove hazardous substances from contaminated sites. However, the expenses of cleanup procedures are often very high, particularly if the contaminated region is extended and if the pollutants, which need to be abated are difficult to remove, as well as when the completion of the cleanup activities implies a long period of time. Thus, proper distribution of costs is necessary between the parties involved.

The attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. can provide you with the legal assistance you need in order to recover the costs of cleanup procedures and thus minimize your financial obligation in the case of hazardous substances contamination. Our lawyers are always available and can offer you all the information you need.

If you work in heavy industries such as the iron and steel industry, you are permanently exposed to multiple health hazards, including repeated inhalation of coke oven emissions. The effects of prolonged exposure range from affections such as conjunctivitis, severe dermatitis, and lesions of the respiratory and digestive system to life-threatening conditions such as respiratory, renal, or prostate cancer.

Prolonged exposure to coke oven emissions entails a high risk for lung cancer

Coke is a carbon-containing fuel made from coal which is preponderantly used in the manufacturing process of steel and iron. The emissions of coke ovens involve dust, vapors, and gases, as well as various carcinogenic substances such as arsenic and cadmium. Consequently, employees who work in coking plants and coal-tar production plants have a high risk of developing severe conditions, including lung cancer. If you were diagnosed with lung cancer or other associated condition and believe prolonged exposure to coke oven emissions is the culprit, the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. will dedicate their time and effort to obtain the compensation you are eligible for.

Dioxins are a group of carcinogenic chemicals, which are responsible for the development of severe conditions, including various forms of cancer. We offer quality legal assistance for people whose health was dramatically affected by these toxic substances, either due to environmental exposure or following the consumption of dioxins-containing products.

Contaminated food products are accountable for exposure to dioxins in over 90% of all cases

As some of the most toxic chemicals known to science, dioxins have also been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a very hazardous carcinogen. These substances are frequently the by-product of various industrial processes such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing, as well as pulp and paper bleaching. However, contaminated food products such as meat, fish, shellfish, and dairy products account for most cases of exposure. According to EPA, there is no safe level of exposure to dioxins.

The experienced lawyers at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. offer assistance and representation for people whose quality of life has been severely damaged due to dioxins exposure. Thus, if you are diagnosed with a condition, which you suspect might have developed following exposure to these toxic chemicals, do not hesitate to contact us. We will do all in our power to obtain the financial compensation you may be entitled to.

Heavy metals such as lead and mercury are well-known for causing serious health issues across the globe. Our attorneys provide quality legal representation for people whose quality of life has been severely impacted by exposure to heavy metals. We have a professional experience of 20 years, over the course of which we have successfully helped thousands of clients throughout the U.S.

The consumption of contaminated fish and shellfish is responsible for up to 90% of all mercury in the human body

Exposure to heavy metals is preponderantly environmental. It occurs when one consumes contaminated food products or water, inhales vapors of toxic metals, as well as when their skin is in contact with particles of heavy metals. Mercury and lead, for instance, are toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption. Lead can infiltrate our drinking water through pipe corrosion, which is why it is now mandatory for public water treatment operators to provide pH adjustments.

Long-term exposure effects include behavioral disruptions in children, hallucinations, and personality changes. Heavy metals can also affect the circulatory, digestive, reproductive, and nervous systems. Moreover, occupational exposure to mercury poses a tremendous threat to the health of employees. Over 15 million gold miners are working with mercury worldwide.

Therefore, if you have been extensively exposed to heavy metals and developed severe conditions, it is highly recommended to file a claim against the responsible party in order to receive the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys will dedicate their time and effort to obtaining the most satisfactory outcome for your case.

As a consequence of human activity or natural occurrences, water contamination is still a concern nowadays. Despite strict regulations being in place and drinking water undergoing regular testing, contaminants such as microorganisms or chemicals occasionally find their way into community water systems, which may tremendously endanger the health of residents.

According to EPA, there are four types of drinking water contaminants

The term contaminant refers to any substance or matter which is hazardous to human health. Water contamination usually affects entire communities and may occur anywhere across the country, from small towns to metropolises. It is worthy of note that the level of harm a water contaminant can cause to the body after ingestion varies greatly. Therefore, while the presence of some contaminants is acceptable in drinking water as long as it remains beyond a certain limit, others are completely forbidden. It is also important to note that contamination does not have the same meaning as pollution. The latter always has a negative connotation, whereas the former does not necessarily pertain to a menacing situation. For instance, when non-toxic minerals such as salt are found in water, contamination is still considered to take place. Consequently, the crux of the matter is what specific contaminant has infiltrated the community water system, as not all of them are dangerous.

According to EPA, there are four types of contaminants that may lurk in drinking water:

  • physical, such as organic material or sediments
  • chemical, which may be natural or artificial, such as heavy metals, pesticides, detergents, or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • biological, also known as pathogens or microbes, such as Salmonella, parasitic worms, or Giardia lamblia
  • radiological, such as plutonium or uranium

One of the most obvious signs that you are drinking contaminated water is turbidity, which occurs when excessive amounts of a foreign substance or matter taint it. Thus, water loses the transparency it naturally has and appears cloudy or smoky (turbid). However, numerous contaminants cannot be seen with the naked eye in water, which is why periodical testing is vital to ensure safety.

The health issues consuming tainted water can result in range from minors, such as nausea and vomiting, to very severe, such as neurological disorders and cancer. Similarly, the period of time during which symptoms or a disease arise varies considerably. Depending on the nature of the contaminant, a person may fall ill within a few days to several years. Asbestos, the naturally occurring mineral notorious for causing mesothelioma, can also contaminate drinking water. Below you can find the most common health effects of each type of water contaminant.

Physical contaminants

If you consume water from a source containing sediment or sewage which carries pathogens, you may come to experience the symptoms of infection with biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, or parasites. However, oftentimes, physical water contaminants are harmless.

Chemical contaminants

From organic chemicals such as benzene and toluene to inorganic chemicals such as lead and arsenic, this category of water contaminants is known to cause the most harrowing health issues. The problems that exposure to these hazardous substances cause vary to a great extent, some of the most widespread being:

  • high blood pressure
  • intestinal polyps
  • kidney damage
  • dermatitis
  • liver damage
  • thyroid problems
  • delays in physical or mental development
  • hair loss
  • nervous system problems
  • anemia
  • cardiovascular disease
  • various types of cancer
  • adrenal glands problems
  • spleen damage
  • reproductive problems

Biological contaminants

The majority of biological water contaminants will result in gastrointestinal illness. Infection with a microorganism such as E. coli or Salmonella is associated with the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • diarrhea
  • stomach cramps
  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • blood in your stools
  • chills
  • dehydration

Radiological contaminants

Prolonged exposure to radioactive elements, such as uranium, and radionuclides, such as alpha particles or photon emitters, has been found to cause serious health issues, including:

  • kidney toxicity
  • bone cancer

For which water contaminants can you file a personal injury claim?

Since there are certain water contaminants that entail a health threat, you can only file a personal injury claim if your case involves a hazardous substance known to cause the disease you came to suffer from. In other words, as long as there is a causal relationship between the agent you were exposed to and your diagnosis, you can file a personal injury claim. However, when an excess of harmless contaminants such as fluoride is found in your drinking water, you can rest assured they will have no negative effect on your health. Most physical water contaminants are safe and you should not worry in the event one is detected in your community water system.

On the other hand, if there is a chemical or biological contaminant in your drinking water, it might be a serious cause for concern. The risk of contracting a pathogen or developing disease increases considerably if you ingest this kind of tainted water. If you find out your community water system contains a biological or chemical contaminant, you should stop drinking from it immediately and seek a temporary alternative water source instead.

While the actual number of biological and chemical water contaminants for which you can take legal action if they caused you severe injury is in the hundreds, the most common include:

Biological Water Contaminants

  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia lamblia
  • H. pylori
  • caliciviruses
  • adenoviruses
  • echoviruses
  • coxsackieviruses
  • hepatitis A virus
  • Mycobacterium avium
  • Legionella pneumophila

Chemical Water Contaminants

  • trichloroethylene
  • chromium
  • lead
  • nitrate
  • cobalt
  • arsenic
  • benzene
  • nitroglycerin
  • acetamide
  • chlorate
  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • methanol
  • formaldehyde
  • alachlor oxanilic acid
  • vanadium

Over recent decades, numerous Vermont residents were exposed to high levels of PFOA

Exposure to PFOA, a dangerous chemical widely used for the manufacturing of fire-resistant and non-stick products such as cookware and clothing, occurs primarily via drinking contaminated water. Tragically, the health consequences of exposure to PFOA have been experienced first hand by thousands of Vermont residents lately, who came to develop harrowing diseases after drinking tainted water. The culprit, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, had been contaminating the public water systems of Bennington and North Bennington with PFOA for decades, but it was only in 2016 that state officials found out about the issue.

Outrageously, the concentration of PFOA in water was over 140 times higher than the recommended level. Despite part of the problem having been dealt with, many Vermont residents are still striving to recover the compensation they deserve from the liable party, who had been operating two chemical plants in the area – one in Bennington and another in North Bennington. Formerly known as Chemfab, the company had been employing PFOA for over 20 years and due to their negligence, significant amounts had leaked into the local water system ever since the beginning.

However, it is important to note that Bennington and North Bennington residents are not the only people at risk. As PFOA can easily infiltrate water systems, the chemical has unfortunately contaminated other areas of the state as well. Therefore, if you live or lived anywhere in Vermont, we advise you to pay close attention to your health and seek medical attention immediately in the event you notice worrisome symptoms.

What is PFOA and where can it be found?

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a synthetic chemical that has been in use since 1947, mostly for the manufacturing of fluoropolymers coatings and products resistant to water, grease, heat, and sticking. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, PFOA is possibly carcinogenic to humans and the primary route of exposure is drinking contaminated water. While EPA has not assessed the carcinogenic potential of this chemical yet, it began requiring public water systems to monitor the levels of PFOA in 2012 and also published water health advisories in 2016. The agency suggests the level of PFOA in drinking water remains under 70 parts per trillion.

It is worthy of note that once PFOA is released in the environment, the chemical persists, as it is highly resistant and cannot naturally degrade. There are numerous chemical facilities manufacturing PFOA, as well as plenty of companies using it, throughout the U.S. However, as long as PFOA does not reach the inside of your body, it is a relatively safe chemical. Some of the most common products which contain PFOA are:

  • cookware
  • water-repellent clothes
  • ski wax
  • paper and cardboard packaging
  • stain-resistant carpets
  • household cleaners
  • furniture treatments
  • paints
  • sprays for leather and shoes

What health issues can drinking water contaminated with PFOA cause?

Although more research is necessary to establish how dangerous PFOA really is, medical studies have already found reliable evidence of toxicity and carcinogenicity. Nevertheless, exposure to PFOA is a serious cause for concern. According to the studies we have access to at the moment, drinking water contaminated with this chemical, particularly over a long time, can lead to the following health issues:

  • liver damage
  • kidney cancer
  • ulcerative colitis
  • testicular cancer
  • immunity system problems
  • developmental disorders
  • thyroid disease
  • changes in cholesterol levels
  • peripheral artery disease

We Handle Toxic Exposure Community Cases

$9.25 million

The North Birmingham toxic exposure community case resulted in $9.25 million. Multiple industrial facilities operating in the area have released high levels of toxins in the air and numerous residents have been exposed to these hazardous substances. The case was settled outside of litigation and the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. have successfully obtained compensation for the affected people.

$12.5 million

The Florala toxic exposure community case resulted in $12.5 million. The residents of the Florala and Lockhart communities in South Alabama have been exposed to toxins by a wood treatment facility located between the two towns. This case was also settled outside of litigation, with substantial compensation being recovered by the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C.

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Two large industrial facilities located in East Saint Louis, Illinois have exposed residents living in the nearby areas to dioxins and PCBs, both extremely dangerous chemicals with devastating health effects. At the moment, the case is moving through litigation with one defendant and through settlement with the other.

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The residents of Selma, Alabama have been exposed to toxins released by a paper mill located in the city. Some of the chemicals employed in the process of paper manufacturing are carcinogenic and prolonged exposure can result in devastating diseases. The case is currently handled by the highly experienced attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C.

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A paper mill in Prattville, Alabama is responsible for exposing residents to hazardous chemical substances which can result in serious injuries. The toxic exposure community case is currently handled by the attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C., who are striving to obtain fair compensation for the damages.

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The residents of St. Louis, Missouri have been exposed to toxins and radioactive materials situated in dangerous proximity to their neighborhood. Exposure to radiation can have terrible effects on the human body and can even lead to cancer. The toxic exposure community case is being handled by the skilled attorneys at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C.

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Specializing in environmental law, our attorneys will recover the compensation you deserve

We have a legal experience of over 20 years, over the course of which our lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients throughout the U.S. in their litigation cases. If you have been injured following prolonged exposure to pollutants or if your quality of life decreased dramatically due to toxic exposure, you may be eligible for substantial compensation. Our professional staff is permanently at your disposal, willing to listen and offer you the guidance you need. Our standard fee is 40% and we work on a contingency fee basis. That means we only collect that fee if we are able to recover compensation for you, usually from the asbestos trust funds. If we do not recover anything, you will not have any out-of-pocket expenses.

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The most accurate method to determine whether you have been exposed to chemicals is environmental monitoring, which is done by measuring the concentration of a chemical in the air and the duration of exposure to it.

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