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Can I bring legal action if there is environmental damage to my property?

On behalf of Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP | Jul 17, 2017 |


Many property owners take good care of their land and never suspect that environmental damage will take place at the fault of another person. Unfortunately, either by accident or when someone does not comply with environmental regulations, other people and the land they live on can suffer. Many times, environmental damage takes place due to those who don’t comply with state and federal requirements, whether they are construction companies, private citizens, or corporations.

One situation that is frequently seen among private citizens is when one person has an incident on their property and it impacts the surrounding properties. For example, if a hazardous waste was not properly disposed of, it can cause damage to the water supply, damage to another’s property and a myriad of other major issues. Environmental damage should not be taken lightly because it not only can cause issues on your property, but may be the source of serious health hazards for you, your family, and all other living creatures that inhabit the land. If you believe that your property has suffered environmental damage, you should contact the local authorities, your State Department of Environmental Protection, or the Environmental Protection Authority. They can assess the situation and determine whether you need to seek medical treatment or evacuate the property.

After you have dealt with the initial environmental and health dangers, you may want to consider speaking with an attorney to determine if the situation allows you to bring legal action against the negligent party. You may want to have a damage report conducted by a government entity that assesses your property. That can be very useful in supporting your case. If you believe you need to bring legal action, it is important that you consult with an experienced environmental law attorney who can provide you with assistance.