Who Is Responsible for Groundwater Contamination?
Communities rely heavily on groundwater for drinking, agriculture, and industrial activities. Because of its widespread use, contaminated groundwater poses significant health and safety risks. While Massachusetts is known for its lush natural landscapes, it is also home to several industries that release environmental pollutants. If you have fallen ill due to contaminated groundwater, you may have legal grounds to hold the polluter or landowner responsible for your losses.
Our attorneys at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers find groundwater contamination unacceptable and will fight tirelessly for the justice you deserve. We have over 45 years of combined experience helping victims in Massachusetts hold liable parties fully accountable for their injuries and other losses. Our attorneys understand the intricate nature of groundwater contamination cases and can use their extensive knowledge and skills to pursue a favorable outcome on your behalf. To learn more about how our talented attorneys can help you, call us today at (617) 391-9001 or complete our contact form.
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Who Can Be Held Liable for Groundwater Contamination in Massachusetts?
Groundwater contamination can cause severe diseases such as cancer, cholera, and dysentery. These illnesses, among others, can devastate victims and their families, leaving many wondering who can be held liable for their losses. Groundwater contamination cases can be complex, and several parties are often at fault, such as property owners, government agencies, and polluters. A few common liable parties in Massachusetts groundwater contamination cases include the following:
- Chemical manufacturers
- Pharmaceutical manufacturers
- Electronics manufacturers
- Landfill owners
- Mining facilities
- Agricultural facilities with pesticide runoff
- Government agencies responsible for water treatment and infrastructure management
- Landowners with leaking underground storage tanks
This is not a complete list, and other parties may be involved in your groundwater contamination case. Your attorney can investigate every detail of your case to determine all liable parties and pursue the maximum compensation available for the damages you have suffered.
Possible Damages Available for Groundwater Contamination Victims
Groundwater contamination can have devastating consequences for victims, and the recovery process may entail lengthy hospital stays and extended time away from work. Additionally, many victims experience emotional trauma due to their illness and are prevented from partaking in activities they once enjoyed. If you have been affected by groundwater contamination, you should not be forced to finance your own recovery. At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys are dedicated to helping groundwater contamination victims recover compensation for the full extent of their damages, including the following:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Pain and suffering
If you lost someone you loved to an illness caused by groundwater contamination, you may also have legal grounds to file a wrongful death claim for the damages caused by your loved one’s passing. Your attorney can evaluate every detail of your case to determine which damages you may be eligible to collect. We will consider your current and future needs when determining the total value of your claim.
Contact an Award-Winning Groundwater Contamination Attorney at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers
At Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, our attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of groundwater contamination hold all negligent parties fully accountable for the harm they have caused. We understand how challenging contending with a water contamination-related illness can be and will handle every detail of your case while you focus on your health. Our esteemed managing partners, J. Tucker Merrigan and Peter M. Merrigan, allocate 100% of their practices to litigation and have a proven track record of recovering the maximum compensation available for their clients.