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How can I prove there is toxic contamination where I live?

Air, soil and water can become contaminated with toxic pollutants; health-harming poisonous substances resulting from manmade or natural sources. Tests of ambient air quality, soil composition analysis and water well sampling can uncover toxic contaminants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toxic contaminant exposure increases your health risks. The term health risk refers to a scientific measurement of a chance you may experience a health problem. For example, if you reside near a factory that releases cancer causing contaminants, this can increase the health risk of you developing cancer. Breathing in toxic air can increase other health risks, such as the development of emphysema or reproductive issues.

How the EPA Determines Toxic Risks

The EPA uses various assessments to determine any health risks created by a toxic contaminant: risk assessment, exposure assessment, health assessment, dose-response assessment.

Scientists conduct a risk assessment to assign a numeric value to the increased health risk in people exposed to different levels of a toxic substance. This closely relates to the exposure assessment that calculates the amount of pollutant a person inhales in a specific time period and the number of people exposed.

A health assessment considers all available information regarding the effects of toxic pollutants on humans. Scientists look at human studies first, such as case reports of illness clusters or academic studies comparing a population's number of cases with the exposure levels of its members. Faced with limited information, scientists may conduct tests on animals to determine exposure levels and health effects. Finally, the dose-response assessment, calculates the relationship between the exposure level and the potential for and severity of health risks. For this, too, scientists use both human and animal studies. You can find out more here on the EPA website.

Effects of Toxic Exposure & Legal Recourse

The serious health effects of toxic exposure can take a toll on a person and their extended family. Fighting cancer or battling with an ongoing disease like emphysema can adversely affect an individual emotionally and physically, plus drain them financially. The law protects you through the the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 that gave the EPA regulatory power over the 82,000 chemicals now made or sold in the US. The law also provides civil protection in the form of torts law. Your personal injury from exposure to toxic contamination where you live provides you with a tortious claim. If you suspect you have been exposed to a toxic substance where you live, have the air, soil and water tested. Compare these with the EPA data to estimate the likelihood of it causing the health effect you're experiencing. It could also be caused by a chemical to which you receive regular exposure. Find out more here at the University of Columbia’s website. Sometimes, you are not alone with your injury. Toxic exposure can harm many people at one time. When injury occurs this way to many, it is litigated as a mass tort. For example, if toxic contaminants from a factory injured many people in a single community an attorney would litigate it as a mass tort.

Seek appropriate legal help as early as possible after an injury. Contact a personal injury attorney with mass tort experience. Zanes Law has years of experience with such cases and knowledgeable attorneys who respect their clients' needs. Your attorney will help you document and litigate your case. This takes time. Your attorney will become one of the people with whom you spend the most time. The caring approach of Zanes Law can help make achieving the best outcome for your personal injury case easier.

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