Waukegan, Illinois is located north of Chicago, in Lake County, near the Wisconsin-Illinois state line. With a population of more than 92,000 people, Waukegan is the 9th largest city in Illinois. Located along the shores of Lake Michigan, Waukegan, Illinois is a boater’s paradise. The Waukegan Harbor provides countless hours of recreational activities, particularly in the spring and summer when Waukegan’s weather conditions are optimal. Waukegan is also known for its plethora of arts festivals throughout the year.
Waukegan contains three Superfund sites of hazardous substances that are on the National Priorities List. A Superfund is location that is designated for clean-up of hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). Under CERCLA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is authorized to identify parties responsible for contamination of sites and compel those parties to clean up the sites. If the responsible parties cannot be located, the EPA is authorized to clean up the site itself with funds from a special trust.
The Superfund sites in Waukegan, Illinois include the following:
• Waukegan Harbor where PCBs were discovered in 1975, with clean up beginning in 1990 and continuing for several years
• Johns-Manville where asbestos was found in groundwater in 1988, with the majority of the clean up completed in 1991
• Yeoman Creek Landfill where leachate leaked into groundwater, with all major cleanup completed in 2005
Toxic Tort Exposure
If you have been injured as a result of exposure to a toxic or hazardous substance, the party responsible for causing the exposure to toxic or harmful substances may be liable for injuries or health problems caused as a result of any knowing exposure. If you have been exposed to a toxic substance and sustained injuries as a result, you may have a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. If a family member has died due to toxic exposure, you may have a wrongful death case.
Exposure to toxins and other hazardous substances often affects a group of people, such as employees from a particular company or residents of a community. Consequently, toxic tort lawsuits are often structured as class action lawsuits. The knowledgeable Waukegan toxic tort lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC understand the complex legal and factual issues that are involved with toxic tort lawsuits and class action litigation.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of toxic exposure, do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled Waukegan personal injury attorneys to discuss a possible toxic tort lawsuit.
Other Personal Injury Cases
At Ankin Law Offices, our Waukegan personal injury attorneys focus on helping the victims other personal injury accidents as well. Our Waukegan personal injury attorneys are experienced, results-driven, and passionate about protecting the rights of victims of personal injury accidents, motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, wrongful death, or medical malpractice.
Our team of skilled lawyers, paralegals and staff are dedicated to providing compassionate client service and personal attention. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Waukegan personal injury attorneys.