What Causes Groundwater Contamination?
Groundwater contamination occurs when contaminants seep into a water supply, making it dangerous for humans, animals, and other wildlife. Contamination of groundwater systems can come from numerous sources, be it natural or human-induced. Many urban activities, agriculture, industrial discharges, and waste disposal can all affect the water quality in your area. Other causes that may lead to groundwater contamination may include toxic chemical spills, leaking fuel tanks, fertilizers, or pesticides applied to lawns and crops. As stated by the CDC, the most common sources of contaminants found in groundwater are:
- Sewer overflows
- Pesticides or fertilizers
- Livestock, or concentrated animal feeding operations
- Storage tanks containing gasoline, oil, chemicals, or other liquids
- Radon, uranium, arsenic, and other naturally occurring chemicals and minerals
- Malfunctioning wastewater treatment systems, such as local septic systems
Knowing and understanding the source of contamination of the groundwater in your area may be the difference between life or death. If you have suspicion to believe the groundwater in your area has been contaminated due to natural or man-made disasters, you may be entitled to legal compensation.
Have I Been Affected by Groundwater Contamination?
Ingesting or even exposure to contaminated groundwater can have serious health effects. In some cases, it may take years for you and your loved ones to notice the personal health effects of contaminated groundwater in your home. Diseases such as dysentery or hepatitis may be caused due to a broken or poorly maintained septic tank. Poisoning may occur from toxins that have seeped into the water supplies. Other long-term effects such as developing certain forms of cancer can also result from exposure to polluted water. Along with many residents in your neighborhood, the local wildlife may also experience adverse side effects of contaminated groundwater. If you believe you or a loved one have been affected by groundwater contamination, don’t wait; seek immediate medical attention, then contact Morgan & Morgan for legal help.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Hiring an attorney significantly raises your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries. When you hire a Morgan & Morgan attorney, they’ll immediately begin working on your case. They will start by gathering any evidence to help support your claim. Evidence may include medical records, city grounds reports, as well as testimonies from medical and environmental experts. Your attorney will build your case and work tirelessly to fight for your full and fair compensation. While every case will vary, those who have been affected by groundwater contamination are often eligible for compensation. The most common forms of compensation for groundwater contamination include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
At Morgan & Morgan, our team of expert attorneys knows how difficult it can be to get back to a normal life after dealing with groundwater contamination. When you hire us, we'll know exactly how to handle your case and hold those responsible for your suffering accountable. For more than 30 years, we have been helping victims just like you receive the compensation they deserve for their injury case, and we want to help you too.
Contact a Groundwater Contamination Attorney
At Morgan & Morgan, our team knows how difficult it is to recover after you've been exposed to contaminated groundwater. When you choose to hire us, you'll have an army of experienced attorneys and legal teams fighting for you every step of the way. We'll fight to ensure those negligent parties are held accountable so you can focus on your recovery and getting back to what matters most. If you believe you or a loved one have suffered from an illness or a life-altering diagnosis after coming into contact with contaminated groundwater, we want to help you. To get started with your case, fill out our free, no-obligation case evaluation form, and one of our groundwater contamination attorneys will contact you.