Occasionally, the negligence of another can lead to nitrate water contamination and, if consumed, can cause innocent people to become ill. It may even ruin your property. Nitrate contamination can happen in rural areas that rely heavily on well water and is a serious problem that can lead to dangerous health circumstances. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that thousands of community water wells and private wells exceed the EPA’s maximum nitrate contamination limit.
Nitrates have been classified by the EPA as a water contagion that need monitoring. According to the EPA, the maximum contaminant level for nitrate is 45 mg/L or 45 ppm, with nitrogen at 10 mg/L or 10 ppm. All public water suppliers must abide by this standard.
High nitrate levels in drinking water often occur over decades. As a result, it is considered a legacy contaminant. Nitrates seep into the groundwater from fertilizers, pesticides and other toxic substances introduced to the environment through activities relating to agriculture and other industries. The period of time from when nitrogen via fertilizers is applied to a crop to when it contaminates a community’s drinking water supply via the groundwater is called a latency period. This slow, gradual process can take decades and may result in the contamination going undetected until people become sick.
High nitrate levels in drinking water have been linked to the following illnesses and diseases:
- Thyroid cancer
- Skin rashes & hair loss
- Birth defects
- Blue baby syndrome: a potentially fatal blood disorder in infants
Rural residents and infants younger than four months have the greatest risk of experiencing adverse health effects from nitrate water contamination.
How a Personal Injury Lawsuit Can Help
Whether or not your water is contaminated with nitrate is typically out of your control. Many times, injury caused by nitrate water contamination is due to someone else’s negligence. Our personal injury lawyers can help you hold them accountable for their actions through a nitrate contamination lawsuit.
We offer a free legal consultation where we will discuss your case, address any concerns you may have, answer your questions, and advise you of your rights. Through consultation, direction and support during the nitrate contamination lawsuit process, our personal injury lawyers are here for you.
Potential compensation from a personal injury lawsuit has the ability to restore the financial stability you lost when your health was impacted by nitrate water contamination.* This may include compensation that covers:
- Expensive medical bills
- Loss of work
- Long-term care expenses
Whether you or a loved one has been injured by nitrate water contamination, you are now forced to deal with a difficult situation that was not your fault. However, you do have options. It is time to begin exploring those options with the Firm.
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means you only owe the Firm if and when you receive compensation from your personal injury lawsuit.
Get the Information You Need
Although filing nitrate water contamination lawsuits may seem complex, the lawyers at the Firm will help make the process as simple as possible. Below, learn more about personal injury lawsuits and the next steps in the process.
Throughout the litigation process, it is important to have all of the information you need. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the personal injury lawyers of the Firm. We look forward to speaking with you.
* Please note that recovery results vary per client. The recovery amounts in each case reflect the specific facts of that case. Further, recovery amounts in past cases are not a guarantee of future results.
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