Have You Been Injured by Water Contamination

Have you been injured by water contamination? If you have, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. The best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Water contamination is a term that has to do with the pollution of a source of water by hazardous materials of any kind. This can refer to pollution of oceans, lakes, rivers, groundwater or aquifers.

Hazardous materials

Water contamination takes place when hazardous materials are discharged either directly or indirectly into a body of water without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. Hazardous materials includes both chemical and biological substances.

In spite of the Clean Water Act that was enacted in 1972, and other environmental regulations and laws; water contamination is increasing in the United States. In fact, it is a serious concern that is hurting many thousands of people and the environment.

Pollution

This is evidenced by a report from The Environmental News Service over a decade ago. The report stated that over 60% of municipal and industrial facilities discharged more pollution into sources of water between July 2003 and December 2004 than federal law allowed.

Environmental law bans the dumping of toxic waste and other hazardous materials into sources of water. In spite of these environmental laws, water contamination continues to take place from various practices. Some of these practices include:

Fracking by natural gas companies
Toxic lead pipes used in construction
Use of underground storage tanks by industries
Mining
Illegal dumping.

In addition, groundwater, which is used as a prime source of irrigating crops and for drinking water by over half of the population of the United States, can be contaminated by untreated septic waste and other things and the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

There are several different contaminants that may bring about water contamination. Some of these are:

Lead
Gasoline
Arsenic
Oil
Benzene
Phenols
Nitrate
Petroleum
TCE
Bacteria
PCE
Fecal matter
MTBE
Pesticides and fertilizers
Various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals.

The health risks of being exposed to water contamination can be serious. In addition, long-term exposure to water contamination may be deadly.

Various types of contaminants that result in water contamination may cause several different signs and symptoms. Some of these include:

Miscarriages
Birth defects
Shortness of breath
Gastrointestinal illnesses that include cancer
Thyroid disorders that include cancer
Blue baby syndrome (methemoglobinemia), a potentially fatal blood condition.

Again, you may have been injured by water contamination that occurred from illegal and/or negligent practices. You believe you should be compensated for your medical expenses and lost income brought about by water contamination, as well as your pain and suffering.

In order to get the compensation that is rightfully yours, you will need the help and representation of a personal injury attorney. Again, the right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. A personal injury attorney will do what is in your best interests and fight hard to get you all of the compensation you deserve.

Article written by James Shugart

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