Accidents and injuries can strike when community members fail to act reasonably. When most think about dangerous incidents, things like car accidents, slip and falls, and similar situations come to mind.
One risk that many fail to consider is their own environment. Yet, environmental lawyers understand that dangers lurk in unsuspected places when various entities (often big businesses) fail to act reasonably to keep the environment clean and safe. These situations are particularly troublesome because so many individuals can be hurt by a single incident.
There are many examples of large environmental litigation issues. In 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court decided a large greenhouse gas emissions case involving American Electric Power Company. In 2009 the Court decided a case involving gold mine waste disposal in Lower Slate Lake. Of course, many different cases have recently been filed on behalf of those affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, harming thousands of individuals and wreaking untold havoc on the environment.
Environmental litigation poses unique legal challenges because of the complex scientific and technical issues frequently addressed. In addition, there are often many diverse defendants in these cases with overlapping authority of numerous administrative agencies and courts at the local, state, and federal levels. For that reason it is critical to have the help of experienced professionals on these issues.
Environmental litigation involves reviewing claims for injured persons and property damage caused by the discharge of numerous toxins from large and small companies. At the end of the day, however, protecting people and their property from large corporate polluters is the main focus. Not only do these lawsuits ensure fair compensation for those harmed, but they are crucial to forcing companies to act fairly and prevent future problems.
Contact an Environmental Lawyer
If you or a loved one may have been harmed by problems with your environment please call The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an InjuryLawyer.com online free case evaluation. Please not that we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. Also, it is crucial to understand that there are time limits on these cases, so it is important to act quickly to ensure your legal rights are preserved.