You don't have to work in a poisonous environment to be exposed to health hazards. Toxic chemicals or nuclear materials from factories and plants can pollute the air and seep into soil and groundwater. Residents often don't make a connection between a local plant and the diagnosis of a serious health condition, like cancer, until neighbors also become sick.
A federal judge shocked a Pittsburgh courtroom recently by reviving a liability lawsuit. The decision overturned a federal magistrate's ruling last summer, that barred testimony from the plaintiffs' expert on radioactive leakage from a defendant-owned plant in Apollo. The legal action, filed in 2010, includes over 75 plaintiffs.