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Health Problems Caused by Ground Water Contamination

This Alert Affects:

Individuals who came into contact with contaminated groundwater and developed a serious medical condition as a result.

The most common conditions resulting from contaminated groundwater include heart, liver, gastrointestinal and kidney conditions, as well as respiratory problems, learning disabilities, neurological effects and cancer.
Additional Details
Individuals can be exposed to contaminated groundwater through drinking, bathing or inhaling steam from the water.

When gasoline, chemicals or oil enter the groundwater, it becomes dangerous for humans to use. Often, people using wells may experience ground water contamination. The ground aquifer becomes contaminated with chemicals, which invade the well water sources. People can be exposed to chemicals, gasoline and oil by drinking the contaminated water, bathing in the water or inhaling steam from the water.

Some sources of ground water contamination come from the following:

  • Septic systems
  • Gas stations
  • Hazardous waste sites
  • Oil Refineries
  • Storage tanks
  • Machines shops
  • Chemical Manufacturing Plants
  • Landfills
  • Use of road salts, pesticides and fertilizers

Health effects from ground water contamination are endless, but some common conditions include learning disabilities, cancer, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal conditions, neurological effects, heart problems and liver and kidney conditions.

If you have been exposed or injured by ground water contamination, you may be able to seek compensation. Damages that can be awarded in ground water contamination lawsuits include medical expenses, emotional distress, fear of cancer and loss of quality of life.

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