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Groundwater contamination: September 2013 Archives

Contamination Victims Deserve a Lawyer, Too

Our work for contamination victims typically starts out like this: A group of families get "bad news".  They're told -- often at a community meeting in the basement of a local town hall or church -- that their water supply has just been tested, and that dangerous industrial chemicals are in the water they drink and bathe in.  Or maybe that the contamination has slipped inside their homes in a "vapor" form -- called "vapor intrusion" -- and now it's been detected in the air they breathe while they're sleeping at night.  Sometimes, the bad news comes in a certified letter, or the families read about it for the first time in the local newspaper. Sometimes, they are told who the environmental culprit is, sometimes not.  Sometimes, they get a lot of technical blah, blah, blah about how government or the polluter couldn't possibly have known any earlier that the families were in danger. A bad day for these families, no matter how you slice it. That's when we get called.  Understandably, these people are shocked, angry, hurt and feeling betrayed by those whom they had trusted to protect them.  They're scared, really.  Wouldn't you be?  So, they want someone who will tell them what's really going on, and, if necessary, who will fight for them... to fix the problem, or at least try to make things better.  They want some sense of peace and security restored to their homes and neighborhood. They hire us, because this is what we do.  We fight for these families.  We tell them the truth, and enlist the court system to make the polluter clean up and pay for the damage it has done.  And one of the first things we do is we meet with these folks, and start giving them facts in response to their questions.  Questions like:

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