The natural world is beautiful and irreplaceable. Just as importantly, it’s where we live; contamination of our water, soil and air has a direct effect on human health. And natural resource damage law touches on the rights of Native Americans, as well as national and state parks and other public resources. Cases seeking to stop pollution or irreversible harm to the natural world for any of these reasons are natural resource damage lawsuits.
If you are aware of corporate pollution that is causing personal injury and having an adverse health effect on you, the people you care about and your community, contact the Louthian Law Firm today at (803) 454-1200. or online for a free evaluation of your case.
All citizens of South Carolina are the legal owners of our state’s bodies of water and public lands. The same is true of national parks, forests, monuments and battlefields — all Americans own them. Any dumping or other harm done by a private party on public lands is therefore a violation of every citizen’s rights to enjoy and use the land for hikes, hunting, fishing and other recreation. Ordinary South Carolinians who uncover illegal behavior that blights our public lands have every right to sue the polluters to stop their illegal and short-sighted behavior.
By the same token, all South Carolinians — and all Americans — have the right to live in an environment that is free of poisons, carcinogens and other harmful chemicals. A variety of state and federal laws prohibit or carefully control the how chemicals enter the environment, but these are frequently ignored by companies or individuals who resent the extra cost of disposing of their own waste properly. Once a harmful chemical enters the environment, it is hard to clean up; it may spread for hundreds of miles through our water, soil or air, or linger in the food chain for years. Health effects on human beings may not be apparent for decades — until it’s too late. Companies that pollute are legally liable for these health effects, as well as pollution’s effect on animals, plants and waterways around us. Even if contamination is kept within legal limits, a polluter may still be liable for serious health effects on human beings.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is charged with protecting our state’s environment. At the national level, the agency that makes and enforces environmental rules is the Environmental Protection Agency.
Our South Carolina Natural Resources Damage Attorneys Can Help
If you think you may have uncovered illegal pollution that has significant negative effects on human health and the environment, you should contact the Louthian Law Firm immediately. We have more than 50 years of litigation experience. We can help investigate your case, pursue it through the court system and work tirelessly to get the best possible result — for you and for everyone who appreciates our natural resources. To speak with one of our experienced South Carolina attorneys, call the Louthian Law Firm at (803) 454-1200 or fill out our convenient online case evaluation form.