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Class action filing: Contamination led to children’s brain damage

Class action filing: Contamination led to children’s brain damage

| Jul 20, 2021 | Environmental Law

The environment and protecting it is a primary concern in California and across the United States. Part of that is due to the debate over global warming and the negative impact it is having in myriad ways. Another aspect is how chemical use can damage people. Children are especially vulnerable. For people who believe they or a loved one have been confronted with an increased chance at becoming ill or have already suffered the aftereffects of chemical exposure, it is important to act quickly and understand the details of filing a claim or taking part in a class-action toxic tort.

Chemical companies sued for bug killer side effects

A series of legal filings were made in California over allegations that children suffered brain damage due to a bug killer. It could reach class-action status. In the claim, the bug killer is used for protection of crops, many of which are key parts of the California economy. Included are various fruits, nuts and beans. The specific pesticide – Chlorpyrifos – is no longer sold in California. Other states have taken steps to outlaw it as well.

According to legal professionals, contamination could have impacted a minimum of 100,000 homes. It was found in a litany of household items and in the walls. In research studies, the pesticide was found to cause brain damage to children and even fetuses. It was outlawed for household use two decades ago after around 35 years of use for that purpose. It is not yet banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Parents are the plaintiffs in the multiple cases that were filed. Their children have issues, they say, because of the chemical.

Toxic contamination and its damage can be addressed legally

Toxic exposure is a worrisome aspect of environmental law. Being exposed to toxic substances is dangerous and can be deadly. What makes it problematic for workers whose duties required them to be near these pesticides and people who lived in the area is that they were either misled as to its risk or were completely unaware it was being used. Whether it is an individual who suspects that they or a loved one became ill or suffered some form of damage because of a pesticide or it is part of a mass tort, gathering evidence can be critical for a successful outcome. Holding these companies accountable for their actions may require professional guidance. From the start, it is useful to have advice on how to move forward.

 

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