Environmental Litigation

Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C. represents individuals and families that have been harmed by toxic chemicals in California and across the country. Firm founder Melinda J. Helbock works with attorneys across the country to help people harmed by toxic chemicals seek justice.

Our attorneys have experience handling a number of different types of cases involving environmental hazards, including asbestos and benzene exposure. We offer compassionate, yet highly aggressive legal representation in these types of cases and fight tirelessly to ensure our clients recover the full amount of compensation they are entitled to.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is extremely hazardous. During the twentieth century, it was widely used in the U.S., because of its durability and strength. After many industry workers and navy veterans were exposed to large amounts of asbestos, it was discovered that the mineral, when broken down, is extremely toxic.

Asbestos is made of tiny fibers. When the mineral is disturbed from its natural state, the fibers separate into microscopic strands. The fibers can become lodged in the lining of a person’s lungs and organs as he/she breathes in, often without even knowing. Over time, the fibers cause irritation, inflammation and scarring that can lead to the development of fatal illnesses, including:

Today, asbestos is no longer used. However, it still lives in products that were produced and used in the twentieth century. People are still feeling the effects of this deadly mineral and will for years to come. Some symptoms of asbestos diseases can take 30 to 50 years to develop.

Benzene Exposure

Benzene is a colorless, sweet-smelling liquid. It is widely used in the U.S., and has been ranked among the top 20 chemicals for production volume. Benzene is used for the production of certain types of rubbers, lubricants, detergents, dyes, drugs and pesticides. It is a natural part of gasoline, cigarette smoke and crude oil. It is also formed from volcanoes, forest fires, and other natural processes.

Exposure to benzene can result in the development of cancer and other serious diseases. People are exposed to toxic benzene when they inhale contaminated air. Some people are exposed to benzene at work and from products. Illnesses linked to benzene include:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Cancers of other blood cells

Other dangers of benzene exposure include excess bleeding as a result of a low blood platelet count, an inability to fight off infection as a result of low white blood cell count and anemia as a result of low red blood cell count.

For more information or to discuss a potential case with an experienced attorney, contact the environmental lawyers at Melinda J. Helbock, A.P.C. today.