We need water to survive. That’s a fact of nature that can’t be changed. The vast majority of us don’t have water wells on our property that we can drink water from. We rely on the city water for our drinking water and we trust that it’s clean and safe to drink. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes municipalities don’t take care of their drinking water, and this can lead to absolutely devastating health defects such as with Flint Michigan. In the event that your drinking water or bathing water has become contaminated, and you’ve suffered health defects because of the bad water, what actions can you take to hold the city or corporation that poisoned your water accountable?
In this FAQ, we’re going to explore the legal options you can take to hold the city or corporations accountable for your contaminated water. If you’re health has been affected by contaminated water, and you’re now suffering as a result, call our team at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. Your case is absolutely going to require the legal advice and guidance of a personal injury lawyer. Our Personal Injury Firm in St. Louis doesn’t charge any fees for our consultations, and we never charge any attorneys fees unless we win your claim.
Can I sue for Contaminated Drinking Water?
The Clean Water Act details what acceptable drinking water is in the United States, and what qualifies as an area from which drinking water can be taken. So the question is, does your drinking water comply with the regulations set by this federal law? If not, and the water directly led to a health defect you are now suffering from, you may have a personal injury claim that you can pursue. Let’s go into further detail.
First, what type of sickness, diseases, or health defects can you contract or develop from contaminated drinking water?
- Legionnaires Disease – This bacteria is commonly found in freshwater places like lakes and streams, and it becomes a health concern when it spreads into municiple water systems and household plumbing. It is primarily contracted by breathing in water vapor that carries the bacteria. This diseases causes coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, headaches and more.
- Norovirus – Primarily contracted from either a person with the virus, or contaminated drinking water or food, this virus causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, and more.
- Salmonella – Salmonella can be contracted through contaminated drinking water. Its symptoms include diarreha, fever, and stomach cramps.
- Lead Poisoning – Lead poisoning in water can have permanent developmental delays, and can also be extremely detrimental to adults as well. It also leads to high blood pressure, abdominal pain, constipation, joint and muscle pain, headaches, miscarriage, fatigue, memory loss, and more.
Can I sue if there is Lead in my water?
There are a few circumstances that you will need to prove in order for your case to be effective, and of course, this is absolutely something a lawyer can help you with. Here is a quick list of what you will need to prove:
- You must first show that the substance that is affecting you is toxic (lead is toxic}.
- You must be able to prove that you were exposed to that toxin.
- You must be able to prove that negligence on the part of the defendant caused the exposure to the toxin.
Lawyers are professionals at gathering evidence. Their cases require that they know who to talk to and how to recover evidence. They are going to be able to get the evidence your case needs so that it is successful. If you’re currently suffering from an illness or disease that arose from your water being contaminated, call our firm at 314-542-2222 or 618-272-2222. We can guide you through your claim and make sure that you get the care and recovery you need and deserve.