Hazardous Materials Exposure Lawyers in New Orleans
At Stag Liuzza, our lawyers are pioneers in the field of radiation exposure litigation. For over two decades we have represented oilfield pipeyard workers and truck drivers who cleaned, handled, and transported used oilfield pipe contaminated with radioactive scale, commonly referred to as technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM) or naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM).
Pipeyards in Louisiana and elsewhere conducted oilfield pipe scale cleaning operations. These operations generated significant amounts of radioactive airborne dust concentrations and surface buildup on the ground. The workers were exposed to ionizing radiation by breathing and ingesting the scale dust that was released into the air, and by external exposure to the scale inside the pipe and on the ground. These exposures occurred while cleaning, inspecting, transporting and handling used production oilfield pipe, or carrying out other work in the pipeyards. Family members of workers were also exposed in the pipeyards while picking up, dropping off, or visiting their husbands/fathers.
There are two main concerns that accompany exposure to ionizing radiation. One is the formation of genetic defects and the second is induction and promotion of various cancers, including lung cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other types of cancer. The dangers of TENORM exposure were known by the oil companies long before they were made public. Today, the link between radiation exposure and disease is common knowledge. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping you fight back against corporations that withheld information and took risks with your health.
If you have been harmed by exposure to TENORM or other hazardous materials, you have legal rights, and our lawyers can help. With our decades of experience in radiation litigation, Smith Stag can help you receive the compensation you need. We know the seriousness of the circumstances that you and your family are facing, and we are here to help. Please contact Stag Liuzza today at (504) 593-9600.