If you are suffering from the physical, emotional, and financial strain of not being able to drink your tap water because it is contaminated, you could be entitled to damages.
A University Park water contamination lawyer will fight for compensation and justice from the negligent public water source and treatment center. You should not have to bear the burden of medical bills, mental anguish, or the cost of bottled water or residential water filtration systems.
Please call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for a free case review. Our water contamination lawyers work to recover damages on a contingency-fee basis. You pay nothing upfront for our services. We recover our attorney’s fees from the money we get for you.
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How University Park’s Water Became Contaminated
In 2017, the owner and operator of the public water source for University Park decided to switch the water source from groundwater wells to the Kankakee River. This decision created a chemical mix that removed protective coatings from the city’s plumbing system, allowing lead to leach into the water supply.
The state of Illinois and the federal government are supposed to safeguard drinking water to prevent Americans from ingesting harmful substances. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that University Park’s drinking water contains high levels of lead – a toxic substance that is unsafe in any amount.
Since more information has become available regarding University Park’s contaminated drinking water, many residents have taken legal action against the entities in charge of sourcing, filtering, and distributing public water.
There is still time for you to take legal action and pursue compensation for illness, lost pay, and other damages. A lawyer from Ben Crump Law, PLLC is ready to help you pursue both compensation and justice.
For a free legal consultation with a water contamination lawyer serving University Park, call 800-959-1444
How a University Park Water Contamination Lawyer Might Help
Environmental justice cases, such as the University Park water contamination issue, are complex. Not all law firms accept these cases, but Ben Crump Law, PLLC does.
An attorney with our law firm can help you to:
- Understand your legal rights
- Make an informed choice about your options to pursue compensation
- Guide you through the financial recovery process
- Negotiate an acceptable settlement or take your case to court, if necessary
Throughout the legal process, you will have an advocate by your side to protect your rights and allow you to focus on your health, safety, and loved ones. Please contact our team today for a free case review.
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The Dangers of Lead Exposure
One of the most frightening aspects of lead in contaminated water is that residents may not be fully aware of the negative impacts on their health. Some residents may be experiencing negative health consequences and may not even realize that it has to do with lead exposure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people may not recognize the symptoms of lead exposure right away. Unfortunately, lead exposure is particularly dangerous for infants and children under the age of six. Even the smallest amount of lead in the body can affect a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ), attention span, development, and future academic achievement.
We strongly encourage you to be examined by a health care professional and undergo testing for lead exposure. A University Park water contamination lawyer can help you pursue compensation for doctor’s visits, medical tests, and related medical treatment.
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Our Lawyers Hold Liable Parties Accountable
A lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC will gather the necessary evidence, documentation, and testimony to prove your case.
This evidence might include:
- Statements from environmental experts who can attest to water contamination hazards, medical conditions associated with lead exposure, and other related issues
- Documentation from the EPA and other agencies showing elevated lead levels in University Park water
- Valuation of your damages for both current and anticipated losses
There may be more than one liable party who contributed to your injuries. We will take care of identifying and communicating with these parties on your behalf.
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Showing Liability To Pursue Damages
To promote your case’s success, your lawyer must show how another party’s negligence resulted in your health concerns and related losses.
There are four basic elements that must be present to establish liability:
Duty of Care
Your water source, supply, treatment, and distribution entities owe you a duty of care to ensure that your tap water is safe to drink.
Breach of Duty of Care
When your water becomes contaminated, it is because the water source supplier or distributor failed to uphold its duty of care. For instance, allowing an improper chemical mix to leach into your water constitutes a breach of their duty of care.
The failure by your water source supplier or distributor to maintain safety and health standards caused you to suffer an illness or injury.
Your illness or injuries caused by contaminated water have resulted in financial losses, such as medical bills, or the cost of purchasing bottled water to use for drinking and cooking.
Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. If you believe that another party has infringed on your human rights, it may be time to call Ben Crump Law, PLLC. We will hold the negligent parties accountable for exposing you and your family to unsafe drinking water.
What We Help You Recover
Our firm has recovered more than $30 million in damages for our clients.
While past results do not guarantee future outcomes, we will work to recover the following damages:
- Medical care, attention, and treatment
- Restoration and repair of your home’s plumbing system
- Bottled water or in-home filtration systems
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
In addition to helping you and your family, our lawyers can shine a light on environmental justice issues and encourage other entities to improve their water systems.
Call Us Today
If you or a loved one suffered losses because of contaminated water, you can call us today for a free consultation. A University Park water contamination lawyer may help you recover damages for your physical and emotional injuries.
Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC today for a free consultation at 800-959-1444.
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