There are many serious health effects of water contamination, such as cholera, cancer, and certain other serious conditions. Some of these conditions can be deadly. Today, many people are suffering the effects of water contamination and suing for damages. If you and your family are suffering due to water contamination, you may be able to pursue damages as well.
We have water contamination attorneys near you who have experience managing cases similar to yours, including water contamination cases in Michigan, New Jersey, and Pittsburgh to name a few. Our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC is here to help you. If you or a family member are experiencing health effects due to water contamination, reach out to us to find out what legal options are available to you.
The Effect of Water Contamination
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases such as:
- Hepatitis A
Depending on the type and severity of contamination there may be additional effects that take time to develop as well. Inadequate, or poorly managed water and sanitation services expose individuals to preventable health risks.
Drinking Water Crises in the United States
Today, water contamination in the United States is still an issue with many ongoing contamination crises. Some of the current and prior contamination crises are located in Michigan, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Illinois, and North Carolina.
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Health Effects of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
The Camp Lejeune water contamination crisis occurred decades ago, but the victims are still suffering the health effects today. In the 1950s in North Carolina, a dry-cleaning company had product runoff that contaminated the water at nearby water-distribution plants. These plants supplied nearby areas, including Camp Lejeune, with drinking and bathing water. This resulted in many people getting sick due to the toxins in the water.
Today, these people are suing for health issues such as:
- Cancer (such as bladder cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and other types of cancer)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Fatty liver disease
- Renal toxicity
- Myelodysplastic syndromes
- Neurobehavioral effects
- Cardiac birth issues
- Female infertility
Parents are also suing because their children suffered:
- Choanal atresia (which is narrowing in the back of the nasal cavity, leading to breathing issues)
- Neural tube defects (such as anencephaly and spina bifida)
- Oral cleft defects (such as cleft lips)
- Major heart defects
- Eye problems
- Other health issues
Health Effects of Flint Water Contamination
This water contamination crisis occurred when Flint, Michigan switched their supply of water. This new supply used pipes made of lead, and the water wasn’t treated properly. As a result, there was a high level of lead in the water, which made many people sick.
These health issues seriously affected the lives of many individuals and families. Today, there is a settlement proposal for over $600 million, subject to court approval. The case states that the claimants suffered such health effects as lead poisoning and Legionnaires’ disease.
What Damages Can I Pursue?
You are probably wondering what damages you can pursue if you are suffering from the health effects of water contamination. If you have a Camp Lejeune case or a similar case, you could get regular benefits from the government. For example, Camp Lejeune claimants can get benefits amounting to thousands of dollars each month. Suing could help you recover additional damages.
If you have a Flint case or a similar case, you could pursue damages for the harm done to you. You could get lost earnings, your medical costs, the cost of having to add a water treatment system to your home, and the cost of having to re-pipe your home.
You may have a wrongful death case involving the loss of a loved one. In such a case, you can demand wrongful death benefits and damages.
How Our Firm Can Help
There is a lot that a water contamination lawyer from our firm can do for you. A lawyer can help you to determine which damages you can demand, as well as decide whether to pursue your damages through a claim or lawsuit (or both). Your lawyer can also:
- Build your claim or suit with supporting documentation
- Bolster your claim or suit with corroborating documents, such as medical statements
- Help you get free lead testing (for a Flint case)
- Get a fair disability rating for you from Veterans Affairs (for a Camp Lejeune case)
- Appeal a denied claim
- Sue an entity, like the government
- Pursue fair benefits or a fair settlement/court verdict on your behalf
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Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC Today
At Ben Crump Law, PLLC we have water contamination attorneys who have a great deal of experience managing cases like yours, including water contamination cases in Michigan, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Illinois, and North Carolina. Our attorneys have been very successful, recovering millions of dollars for our clients. We’re very confident an attorney from our firm can help you, as well.
During your free initial consultation, we can discuss the details of your case and how we can help. For further information and to schedule your free consultation, contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC.