Hazardous Waste Exposure

Government regulations strictly govern the treatment, storage and disposal of hazardous waste. However, all too often, corporations unlawfully dump or burn hazardous waste, allowing hazardous chemicals and toxins to seep into the environment. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of their exposure to hazardous waste until it is too late, and exposure can lead to serious long-term health problems and even death. Broussard & David represents clients exposed to hazardous materials. Our Lafayette toxic tort lawyers are skilled in developing theories of liability against corporations that are legally responsible for you and your family’s injuries.

Hazardous materials come in a variety of forms. A hazardous material can either be a commercial product, such as a pesticide or a cleaning solution, or the by-product of industrial or manufacturing process.

The EPA categorizes waste as hazardous if it meets one of the following four characteristics:

  • Ignitable
    —Waste that is flammable or spontaneously combustible.
  • Corrosive
    —Waste that is acid-based and capable of corroding metal.
  • Reactive
    —Waste that can be explosive if mixed, heated or compressed.
  • Toxic
    —Waste that is harmful or deadly if ingested or absorbed.

If a corporation handles waste with any of these characteristics, the corporation must comply with strict federal laws about the treatment, storage and disposal of waste. If a corporation disregards the law, the toxic tort attorneys at our Lafayette firm are ready to help hold it legally responsible for the damage caused by its unlawful actions.

Because a community is typically exposed to hazardous waste over a long period of time and in small increments, a person might not experience any immediate side-effects from exposure to hazardous waste. In fact, many side effects that result from exposure only appear after an extended period of time.

Over time, exposure to hazardous waste may produce the following effects:

  • Cancer
  • Mental disorders
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Death

If you believe that you or a loved one were exposed to hazardous waste and suffered an injury as a result of the exposure, you should contact an experienced Lafayette toxic tort attorney to learn about your legal rights. Our firm can explain the full scope of your legal options.

We offer a COMPLIMENTARY consultation to all prospective clients. For questions, call Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll free) or 337-233-2323 (local). You can also contact us online for answers to your questions or to schedule your consultation with a toxic tort lawyer in Lafayette.

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