Serving Individuals and Communities in PCB Contamination Litigation Claims

Communities in New York and other areas of the country are facing a growing threat of contamination of municipal water supplies by PCBs. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are organic compounds that were used for decades in a wide range of industrial products and processes.

PCBs have been banned in the United States since 1979. However, a number of products, building materials, and other items containing PCBs are still in use today. Special disposal protocols are essential for reducing the risk of PCB contamination. Unfortunately, companies sometimes fail to follow the proper procedure, resulting in contamination of the air, soil, and water supply in the local community. Exposure can also occur if animals (mainly fish and shellfish) contaminated with PCBs are consumed by humans.

The number of residents of the Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, and Troy, NY areas who have been negatively impacted by PCB contamination over the years is very unfortunate. Fortunately, our personal injury lawyers, product liability attorneys, and birth injury lawyers have been here to help many of them seek just compensation. The effect that being exposed to PCBs has had can be difficult to prove, so it is essential to have a trusted legal team by your side to see that your case comes to fruition. Rest assured, Dreyer Boyajian LLP desires the same outcome as you and we will do everything within our capabilities to help your case succeed. In addition to legal matters related to PCB contamination, we also serve as knowledgeable and experienced slip and fall attorneys, medical malpractice lawyers, wrongful death lawyers, and more.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP has extensive experience handling toxic torts and other complex litigation claims. If you or a family member has suffered adverse health effects that you believe may be linked to PCB contamination, please contact our attorneys by calling (518) 463-7784 today for a free case review.

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How Might PCB Contamination Affect My Health?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified PCBs as a probable human carcinogen. Cancers linked to PCB contamination include:

  • Liver cancer
  • Malignant melanoma (skin cancer)
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Cancer of the gallbladder
  • Cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach, intestines, colon, and more
  • Brain cancer

Other health issues associated with PCB contamination include:

  • Skin diseases
  • Decreased immune response
  • Reduced fertility
  • Lower birth weights
  • Cognitive and developmental deficits

PCB contamination doesn’t just affect individuals. Communities with higher concentration of PCBs may be at risk of widespread serious health impacts.

Legal claims involving exposure to harmful chemicals and other materials are known as “toxic torts.” Toxic torts may be filed as individual lawsuits, or multiple parties may be part of a class action seeking damages for the hazardous exposure.

In cases of PCB contamination, claims are generally filed against companies that manufactured, stored, and/or disposed of PCBs. Plaintiffs must prove that the defendant or defendants were negligent in their handling of PCBs, resulting in contamination and toxic exposure.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP has previously achieved significant recoveries on behalf of communities impacted by PCB contamination, including:

Village of Stillwater et al v. General Electric Company, N.D.N.Y., 09-cv-228

Successfully prosecuted and settled a lawsuit on behalf of several Hudson River communities against General Electric Company for the PCB contamination of their public water supplies.

$7,950,000 settlement

Saratoga County Water Authority v. General Electric Company, N.D.N.Y., 1:11-cv-006.

Successfully prosecuted and settled a lawsuit on behalf of several Hudson River communities against General Electric Company for the PCB contamination of their public water supplies.

$5,300,000 settlement

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PCBs represent a potent threat to the health of affected communities. In addition to the personal injuries individuals may suffer as a result of the negative health effects linked to PCBs, municipal governments face significant costs to address the environmental impact of the contaminant.

Dreyer Boyajian LLP has extensive experience representing the rights of individual clients and local governments in toxic torts. Our team is committed to pursuing fair compensation in these complex actions.

Please call Dreyer Boyajian LLP at (518) 463-7784 today for a free case review. Our PCB contamination attorneys handle claims throughout the Hudson River Valley and all of New York.

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