How Can Soil Contamination Happen?
There are a few ways soil contamination can occur; the first way is from contaminants that have been discarded directly onto the ground. Soil contamination could be possible from practices years ago by major companies who would dump their waste or chemicals in cost-effective yet illegal ways. These companies would often discard their waste into a ditch, or bury their contaminants in barrels. Sometime later, if the company has sold the property they used as a dumping ground to real estate, those new residents are left to deal with the harmful effects of those contaminants. In some cases, harmful contaminants found in soil are due to water contamination. Streams, rivers, lakes, or other neighboring bodies of water that have been used as dumping grounds for companies or are exposed to contaminants from excessive pesticide or fertilizer use that have been left unchecked, can serve as a danger to those around them. A flood during a storm or unkept land will cause the contaminated water to escape its natural boundaries and overflow into the surrounding properties, leaving unsuspecting victims to suffer the consequences.
Can Soil Contamination Harm Me?
It is known that coming into contact with contaminated soil can cause severe illness or injuries. Victims often absorb the contaminants through their skin after coming into contact with the affected ground. Children, when playing in the yard, gardeners tending to their plants, or even those walking barefoot across their lawn could unknowingly be exposed to these harmful contaminants. Victims may also come to find that by simply disturbing the grounds, the affected soil may release these harmful contaminants into the air for those to breathe in. It is also possible to be exposed to the contaminants through foods that are grown in contaminated soil. As the food grows, it can also absorb contaminants, and if these contaminated foods are ingested, a person could be injured.
The most common side effects from exposure to contaminated soil include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Skin irritation or rashes
- Kidney or liver damage
- Heavy metal poisoning
- Nervous system damage
- Neuromuscular blockage
- Headaches and fatigue
If you are displaying signs or symptoms mentioned in the list above after coming into contact with contaminated soil, please do not hesitate to reach out to our soil contamination attorneys today.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys want to help victims of soil contamination like yourself get the justice and coverage you deserve for your injuries. When you hire us, our team will get straight to work on your case. Our attorneys can provide research and expert opinions on the link between your condition and the soil contamination to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. In order to ensure you receive the best outcome for your case, your legal team will gather medical records, consult with experts, and interview witnesses. With the evidence gathered, your attorney will then negotiate your claim to get you the best compensation possible for your damages. If negotiations prove unsuccessful outside of the courtroom, your attorney is prepared to go to court on your behalf.
Contact an Attorney Today
For over 30 years, Morgan & Morgan has been fighting for the People, winning over $9 billion for our clients. When you hire us, our team of over 700 expert attorneys and 3,000 support staff will be in your corner to help you fight to get back what matters most. If you or a loved one have suffered from an illness or a life-altering diagnosis due directly to contaminated soil, we want to help you.
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