Ranging from toxic spills to the waste produced by power plants, sites where the activities of an organization caused serious damage to the environment pose a serious health risk to anyone who comes in contact with them.
If organizations in charge of cleaning up these sites are not careful, members of the public can be seriously injured.
With the passage of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), the government established a list of the most dangerous sites and set aside funds to clean this up, known as the Superfund.
This act was passed in the wake of the Love Canal disaster in New York, after it became apparent that a company had buried 21,000 tons of toxic waste beneath a neighborhood.
The Federal government, in cooperation with State governments, has worked to ensure these sites are cleaned up safely.
Despite their efforts over the past 30 years, sites have been added to the list while others go unaddressed.
While it may be impossible to clean up every Superfund site overnight, people who have been hired to address these environmental disasters still have a responsibility to ensure the public is not put at risk during the cleanup effort.
When injuries do occur at or near Superfund sites, the blame may lie with the company that caused the dangerous contamination in the first place.
But it may also lie with cleanup organizations that do not do enough to warn the public and prevent access to dangerous areas.
Children are especially prone to harm, as they may not recognize the risk of trespassing in a dangerous area.
If you, your child, or a loved one has been harmed at a Superfund site, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, losses, and suffering.