The government heavily regulates energy companies, industrial sites, and other business activities that could potentially lead to harm to the environment. In most cases, issues with pollution or water damage are handled by government fines and orders to correct the issue. However, when environmental damage directly harms a private person or business due to contaminating their natural resources or causing conditions that lead to illnesses, a private right of action is also available against the pollutors.
Due to their nature, environmental claims are often difficult to prove. Few cases have obvious symptoms such as a constant flow of billowing smoke. Most of the time, the damage is done quietly over time as pollutants seep into the ground and contaminate nearby water supplies or as invisible toxins are released into the air. Once the problem is finally recognized, it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly which one of several nearby industrial activities was the cause.
Building a case requires the careful construction of evidence showing how contamination occurred and how that contamination is the only possible cause of the illnesses or natural resource damage that resulted. Time is often of the essence because if the activities causing the pollution happened years prior, the statute of limitations may also come into play. People who suspect that they may have become ill or had their property damaged by pollution in Houston, Texas, or throughout the state, should contact Black Law for a free consultation about the remedies that may be available to them.