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Water Contamination

Water Contamination Harms Hundreds of Thousands Annually


Water contamination occurs when water is made unsafe for humans, animals or plants. No matter where your drinking water comes from, it can become contaminated.

According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, pollutants include fertilizers and pesticides; sewage and food processing waste; lead, mercury and other metals; chemical waste; and chemical contamination from hazardous waste sites.

Because there are many types and levels of contaminants, it is difficult to determine the exact number of people who have been affected. However, researchers have estimated that approximately 900,000 people become ill each year.

Because of the wide variety of contaminants, the range of complications can also vary. All sources of contamination, however, have the potential to be life threatening.

Short-Term Water Contamination Complications

The acute short-term complications of water contamination include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea and dehydration

Chronic Complications from Water Contamination

People who continue to suffer from Water Contamination often experience chronic and sever illnesses, including:

  • Rashes
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Immune deficiency
  • Neurological problems
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Reproductive damage

When manufacturers or other contaminate your water supply, they should be held accountable. Contacting a lawyer is the first step in this process.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

Recent W&L Results

  • $423 Million

    W&L has secured a landmark MTBE settlement against some of the country's biggest oil companies. They have agreed to pay $423 million in a suit involving the contamination of 153 public water systems nationally.

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  • We won a settlement of $423 million from large oil companies for contaminating public water systems. Environmental Pollution
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  • Our largest total settlement amount was more than $400 million. Environmental Pollution
  • Our team has 8 dedicated lawyers. Environmental Pollution
  • We have served clients from more than 20 states. Environmental Pollution
  • We served on 2 nationwide multidistrict litigation committees for plaintiffs injured by corporate greed. Environmental Pollution
  • We’ve been helping Environmental clients for more than 10 years. Environmental Pollution
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