Many companies and chemical producers value profit and production over the safety of the environment and of their neighbors. As a result, corners are cut and safety regulations are “pared down”, allowing dangerous chemicals to escape into our neighborhoods, blanketing our homes, parks and schools with poisons. The wind often carries the chemicals, sometimes for miles, endangering all in their path. Even a spill on a freeway, or near a school or neighborhood may endanger those who live, or work or drive nearby. All of us can be harmed by exposure to some of the chemicals which are released into the environment.
The most common results for those in the path of such chemicals are: breathing problems, eye and throat irritation, skin sores, and even death. Those with asthma and other respiratory problems are the most vulnerable. The luckiest can sometimes avoid injury by sealing themselves inside – prisoners in their own homes.
If you are injured or deprived of your liberty as a result of such a chemical release, the law provides you with valuable rights, including the right to be reimbursed for your medical expenses and lost income. You can also seek compensation for your pain and suffering, inconvenience, and the deprivation of your liberty by being forced to “shelter in place”. These payments should all come from those who caused the release of the chemicals, but to get these payments you need experienced help.
I am Steven R. Jacobsen, “The Accidental Lawyer”. I can help you get the compensation which the law says you deserve. You pay me nothing until your case is resolved and you receive payment.
Companies, both large and small, are not anxious to pay, even when you clearly deserve it. They deny fault and try to cover up their dangerous accidents. Big businesses spend millions on defense attorneys to help them avoid paying claims, and to fight you. For this reason, most people who attempt to settle their own claims find that their rights have been ignored and their settlements are not fair. The best way to ensure that your rights are protected and respected is to have an attorney on your side. The company’s attorneys will be experienced in fighting claims; you need an attorney who is experienced in fighting for you.
Fighting for your rights is what I do -- that and only that.
The big companies know that the only way you can force them to pay your claim is to take them to court and obtain a judgment against them. They also know that most non-lawyers can’t do that successfully, so they offer claimants without experienced lawyers less money – a lot less money – to settle their claims. I have experience successfully fighting chemical and oil companies on behalf of thousands of victims of toxic chemical releases such as sulfuric acid, sulfur dioxide and hydrocarbons. I can help you, too.
Remember: It costs you no more to have a lawyer on your side from the beginning of your claim than to get one later – after the big business lawyers have gathered evidence against you. You may also avoid costly problems by getting a lawyer before you speak with the polluting company’s representative.