Arkansas Toxic Substances

Arkansas Toxic Substances

Crossett, in southern Arkansas, has seen better days. Back in 1962, the Georgia-Pacific paper company bought a local mill and transformed it into a paper, plywood, and chemical plant, according to Newsweek. In the process, it brought over 1,000 jobs to the small town, a zoo, a 3-D printer in the library, and $6.7 million in annual tax revenue. However, it has cost the town hundreds of lives, as countless citizens have lost their lives to cancer from the toxic chemical leakage due to negligent plant operations. Annually, the plant emits 1.5 million tons of carcinogens, including lethal substances such as dioxin, formaldehyde, chloroform, hydrogen sulfide, and acetaldehyde. In the early 1990s, Georgia-Pacific began offering large sums of money to residents, in an effort absolve themselves from “any and all past, present, or future, known and unknown, foreseen and unforeseen bodily and personal injuries or death.” Some residents were offered a few tens of thousands, while others were offered six-figure settlements -- neither of which could cure a deadly form of cancer or bring a loved one back from the dead. While the consequences of negligence are sometimes insurmountable, individuals affected by it are entitled to compensation. If you have suffered because of the negligent disposal of toxic chemicals by a plant, business, or government agency, you deserve compensation.

Filing a Toxic Tort

A toxic tort, or lawsuit, is filed when a dangerous chemical substance causes serious injury, illness, or death of you or your loved one. Toxic torts can be filed in the following circumstances:

  • Occupational exposure - A worker is exposed to dangerous substances on the job and becomes sick as a result;
  • Environmental exposure – An individual gets sick from air quality, contaminated water, toxic substances in the soil, or from another environmental danger;
  • Consumer product exposure - Something that an individual purchases causes an illness due to toxicity;
  • Home exposure - A resident becomes sick from mold, formaldehyde, lead based paint, fungus, or another toxic substance that was used in creating or upkeeping the building; and
  • Pharmaceutical drug exposure – An individual experiences serious, damaging side effects because of a medication created by a pharmaceutical drug company.

Who Was at Fault?

The water in Flint, Michigan is a tragic example of negligent, and possibly criminal, exposure to toxic chemicals. In 2011, Flint faced a $25 million deficit as part of its economic struggle following the downsizing of General Motors in the 1980s, according to CNN. The city cut its funding to the water supply, and this eventually led to millions of residents being exposed to dangerously high levels of lead, which can have serious health effects for young children in particular. When you get sick from a known or unknown cause, it is important to contact an attorney who will be able to figure out the cause and the negligent party. Whether it is a city agency, a large corporation, or your employer, a lawyer will hold them accountable for damages.

Call a Jonesboro Lawyer Today

If you were injured or became sick as a result of a company taking short cuts, a plant dumping toxic chemicals into the water supply, or from a dangerous pharmaceutical, you need to contact a lawyer immediately. Call the Jonesboro, Arkansas toxic tort attorneys with Wells & Wells today at 870.782.4084 for professional assistance.

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