It’s an unfortunate truth that low-income communities are often treated unequally in the eyes of the government and large corporations. In many cases, government organizations and other companies will unevenly dispose of their toxic waste in low-income communities and put residents at risk of serious health concerns. While these areas might not be able to afford the luxuries of neighboring communities, it doesn’t mean that they should have to endure living with unclean air and water.
Everyone is entitled to live in a healthy environment, yet these negligent organizations seem to believe that some areas are more important than others. By teaming up with an experienced attorney, you can advocate for your situation in the face of these large organizations and ensure that your voice is heard. If you believe that your property was contaminated by discriminatory disposal of toxic waste, contact us today to get started.
What Is Environmental Justice?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), environmental justice is defined as the “fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” This means that everyone has the right to a voice in any potential developments that affect their immediate environment, regardless of their personal characteristics or financial status. The EPA emphasizes “fair treatment” to ensure that negative environmental repercussions should be evenly distributed throughout all communities and regions, rather than focused on one area.
Environmental protection laws exist to protect your family and prevent any organization from creating a toxic environment near your property. If an organization fails to comply with these laws, you could be entitled to compensation, and an environmental lawyer can help advocate for your situation.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
You’ve likely heard that attorneys are expensive to retain, and in most cases, you’d be correct. At Morgan & Morgan, we believe that everyone should be able to afford proficient representation, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why our team operates on a contingency—meaning it costs you nothing out-of-pocket to hire us, and we’re only paid when we win. No one should have to settle for less than they deserve, so we’ve created a system that allows everyone to get the assistance they need.
Contact Morgan & Morgan
In the most difficult moments of your life, Morgan & Morgan has your back. Some organizations believe that environmental justice violations are a victimless crime, but in reality, the victims are forced to live in a setting that jeopardizes their health and wellbeing. No one should have to live like that, and our attorneys are ready and eager to help you reach the best possible solution for your case. If a third-party organization has created a toxic environment near your residence, contact us today to get started.