I thought that "casualty" means a person who is hurt due to an accident, war etc. Or an accident itself.
But in these examples "casualty" is used in a more general context, doesn't look like there is any war or accident implied:
1.The environment was often the first casualty of rapid industrialization and its preservation should therefore be given due priority.
2. I won't allow myself to become another casualty of these people.
Can "casualty" really be used outside the context of accidents, wars etc?
If so, what's the difference between "casualty" and "victim"? Can those be used as synonyms?