Modern life involves the use of dangerous chemicals and other hazardous materials. This is particularly true in industries such as manufacturing and agriculture. While the people who work in these industries understand and appreciate these risks, others generally go not. When innocent neighbors or bystanders are exposed to toxic or otherwise harmful materials, the injuries can be catastrophic. Sometimes, the effects of environmental exposure may not appear for months or even years, affecting several people in a given household or community. Fortunately, Georgia tort law allows people who are injured by environmental exposure to chemicals recover for their losses if they establish the exposure was the result of someone else’s negligence.
Environmental Exposure can Cause a Variety of Injuries
The types of problems that environmental exposure can cause are as varied as the chemicals and materials that cause them. For example, exposure to radioactive materials can result in birth defects and cancer, while lead poisoning can cause cognitive issues, particularly in young children. Among the more common issues that arise from exposure to harmful or toxic materials include:
Growth rate issues in children
Reproductive issues, in both men and women
The problems associated with exposure to harmful materials can significantly affect a person’s quality of life, and in some cases may result in a shortened life expectancy. In addition, treatment for these injuries may require intensive and long-term medical care, which may involve costs reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the most serious cases, victims may be unable to work or even live independently. As a result, it essential that victims and their families make sure that their legal rights are protected by discussing their case with and experienced Brooks personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Brooks personal injury attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury or developed an illness that you believe may have been the result of exposure to toxic or otherwise harmful chemicals, you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Law Office of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.