Dangerous health injuries associated with water contamination
In 2010, the EPA found high levels of benzene and methane in the groundwater and wells of Pavillion, Wyoming (CNN). Officials are still unsure whether this contaminated water will work its way into the cities drinking water. As it stands now, the residents of Pavillion are at serious risk of sustaining a host of health injuries including:
- Nervous system damage
- Heart disease
- Birth defects
- Learning disabilities
Weitz & Luxenberg understands the hazards of water contamination and we want to help. Those that have been seriously injured by contaminated water have the right to file a lawsuit and seek out financial compensation.
Possible causes of water contamination
The cause of contaminated water can be any one of the following (Water Pollution Guide):
- Sewage – improperly treated sewage contains bacteria such as E. coli and other contaminates that can slip into our drinking water and cause serious injuries.
- Improper disposal of industrial waste – companies dump dangerous chemicals such as asbestos, lead, or mercury improperly and that waste leaks into a water supply. These chemicals can lead to severe health injuries such as cancer or nervous system damage.
- Improper disposal of radioactive waste – radioactive waste is extremely hazardous to human health. The Uranium Institute states that high levels of exposure to radioactive waste leads to complete body degradation eventually leading to severe disability or death.
- Oil spills – oil contains hazardous compounds such as benzene that cause serious health injuries including cancer. Any oil spill, either in the ocean or on the soil, contains a risk of contaminating the local water supply.
- Atmospheric decomposition – when smog and other toxic gases are released into the atmosphere they mix with water particles, which contaminate water supplies during rain.
- Eutrophication – this happens when an excess of fertilizer leaks into a water supply. This can produce algae that disrupt the local ecosystem and produces toxins that can cause illness.
Water contamination – a concern even in this day and age
We need to be able to trust that our water source is clean and safe; however, for some areas in the United States, water contamination is still a serious concern. Not even one week into the start of 2011, there were already an assortment of news stories dealing with water contamination. Wayne County residents were advised in early January to boil all drinking and cooking water because of problems with the plumbing. Pennsylvania was recently featured as a subject in the HBO documentary Gasland, where the dangers of the hydraulic fracking industry were revealed. Water contamination can cause serious health injuries and, at times, permanent damage, which is why it is such a primary concern.
How Weitz & Luxenberg can help you
Weitz & Luxenberg understands the dangers of water contamination. We want to hear your case and help you file a lawsuit against those responsible. A lawsuit can provide compensation for expenses such as:
- Medical bills
- Income lost
- Future income lost due to forced retirement because of permanent injury
- Any out of pocket costs related to the water contamination
- Any hired help needed to aid in recovery
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs for those fatally injured by water contamination
Fill out the form on this page today for a free legal consultation. It is simple, quick, and in no way obligates you to file a lawsuit. After submitting the form, a representative will be in touch to discuss your options with you. Weitz & Luxenberg wants to help you get the compensation you deserve.