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Toxic Tort

Hazardous substances in the environment can affect your health.

While there are laws in place to prevent toxic waste from polluting our environment, regulation is not always adequate. If you are suffering from the side effects of a harmful byproduct, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical costs, pain and suffering, and more.

Toxic Substances

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Asbestos

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Mercury

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Lead-based paint

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Benzene

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Products that spread toxins

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Brain damage

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Birth defects

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Cancer

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Death

Toxic Tort News

BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Monday, August 18, 2014

The following is a summary of the 8/18/14 daily beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). I will endeavour to publish this summary each day the FDEP issues such a report. While the media and public believe that the effects of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout and Oil Spill have been largely eradicated, this data suggests otherwise. It is important to note that these reports of daily oil discoveries and further environmental damage come at a time when BP is attempting to renege on its oft-stated “Commitment to the Gulf.” BP is repudiating the Contract and Settlement Agreement it made with area businesses and individuals that compensates them for economic and environmental losses associated with the spill. In addition, BP claims that the beaches have been cleaned and that all is well along the Gulf Coast. This despite the fact that the United States Coast Guard calls BP’s remediation claims premature, the USCG saying the cleanup effort is “not over by a long shot.” Now BP claims that it is the victim. You be the judge, and if you are outraged, sign our petition to hold BP accountable, over four years after the company’s disaster. My Summary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oiling Report Monday, August 18, 2014 On Monday, FDEP environmental specialists David Perkinson and Jacob Pace conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Perdido Key area. Numerous Surface Residue Balls (SRBs or “tar balls”) were found throughout the area. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves. Monday’s findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent. A total of 27 tar balls... read more

Asbestos vs Crystalline Silica, which is worse?

The dangers of asbestos exposure are well documented, with hundreds of people across the world dying from asbestos related illnesses each year. Hugh James has worked with many families over the years who have suffered following illnesses such as mesothelioma and lung cancer after asbestos exposure, but a little known threat, equally as dangerous, is beginning to emerge in the form of crystalline silica exposure. Crystalline silica a naturally occurring substance and is a basic component of soil, sand, granite cement and many others. The main difference between the two is how people are exposed. Asbestos can become airborne quite easily whereas crystalline silica is often found in solid substances, which need to be processed to extract the silica compound. Asbestos can also cause harm from minimal exposure whereas illnesses from crystalline silica are caused from high levels of exposure. Those at risk tend to be people who have worked in foundry, cement or quarry works as well as individuals who cut stone, manufacture building materials or carry out sand blasting. The most common illness from crystalline silica exposure is known as silicosis, however, many will simply be told they have respiratory disease. The Asbestos Illness Team at Hugh James in Cardiff, Wales, have investigated crystalline silica exposure, and when asked whether the substance is as dangerous as asbestos, they answered no.  Crystalline silica is harmful but will only impact certain individuals with very specific job roles and exposure levels. Asbestos, however, was widely used throughout various industries from the 1950s to 1990s. The majority of people would assume that asbestos related illnesses are caused by having an industrial work background, but... read more

Risk Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning While Camping

Summer is a popular time for families and friends to plan camping trips to enjoy some time off from school and the warmer weather, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warns of carbon monoxide poisoning (CO). During the years 2002 to 2006, the agency estimates that 25 people died from CO poisoning linked to camping equipment including grills, lanterns and stoves. Below are some tips to help ensure the safety of your friends and family during your next camping trip! Portable lanterns and/or heaters should be kept enclosed in sleeping areas such as vehicles, campers and tents. This is especially dangerous in areas of high altitudes as the risk of CO poisoning is increased. Knowing the symptoms of CO poisoning is important so that you can identify them. The symptoms include dizziness, confusion, nausea, weakness and sleepiness. CO reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen therefore low oxygen levels can result in the loss of consciousness and in some cases it can be fatal. If, while camping, anyone starts displaying flu-like symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. The use of alcohol and drugs may compromise the ability to detect symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Although elderly people, infants and people with certain health conditions are particularly at risk, it affects otherwise healthy people as well. Kampgrounds of America has a helpful article about CO Awareness and RVs on their site for further reference. Read full article... read more

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