Environmental health

Exposure to environmental pollutants can be damaging to the health of you and your family. Our environmental health solicitors are specialists in dealing with the health impacts of environmental hazards.

Expertise in environmental health

It is commonly known that waste plants, coke and chemical works, recycling plants and heavy industry can all cause noise pollution, odour nuisances and excess dust, but they can also result in injury or illness to individuals exposed to these pollutants.  And, while waste disposal plants, composting sites, sewage treatment works and factories are generally safe, they can, on occasion, result in health concerns that can affect entire neighbourhoods.

Our environmental solicitors are experienced in dealing with environmental personal injury cases and have helped thousands of individuals and families take legal action against those responsible for environmental blight and nuisance.  On behalf of our clients we have taken legal action against businesses whose actions have exposed them to harmful environmental hazards, including those whose health has been impacted by such exposure.

How can the environment make people ill?

There is an endless number of ways in which environmental issues can cause illness or injury, but common causes include dangerous fumes, air pollution or water pollution, food contamination due to chemical leaching, exposure to asbestos fibres or second-hand smoke, and radiation exposure. There is also evidence to suggest an increased risk of childhood leukaemia caused by exposure to high magnetic fields in homes near to large power lines.

Just some of the environmental issues we deal with include:

  • Cancer or birth defects caused by toxic emissions from landfill sites;
  • Cancer or respiratory issues caused by exposure to dust and dusty air;
  • Illness from water pollution or food contamination;
  • Long-term exposure to high electric and magnetic fields;
  • Illness, such as nausea, headaches and eye irritation caused by oil spills
  • Toxic gas leaks;
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals on neighbouring land; and
  • Health issues relating to flooding.

Air pollution

Air pollution is caused by the release of fumes, gases or dust into the atmosphere. While European regulations limit levels of harmful dust particles released by industry in the UK, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that health problems can be caused by levels lower than those allowed in the UK. Exposure to these particles, such as by living in close proximity to a waste disposal plant, can cause illness – including respiratory problems and cancer.

Why Hugh James?

Often it is not just one family who suffer but sometimes whole communities.  Our aim is to help families put a stop to environmental blight and nuisance and in appropriate cases seek compensation. We have the ability and vast environmental law experience to stand and fight for our clients to get a solution.

If you believe your health has been negatively affected due to an environmental issue and would like to discuss the problem, or if you would like more information in relation to pursuing a claim, please contact us.




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