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Skilled Legal Team in Maryland, and Washington, DC Helps You After Chemicals [or other toxins] Contaminate Your Groundwater

Exposure to toxic chemicals in water affects individuals and entire communities. People and property are contaminated by polluted groundwater through direct contact, ingestion, and vapor intrusion. Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is a premier personal injury law firm representing clients in Delaware who have been impacted by exposure to groundwater contamination.

In the legal field, if you are injured through the wrongful act or conduct of another party or organization, it is called a “tort.” Negligently polluting soil and surface water contaminates groundwater, which is a toxic tort. The pollution introduces dangerous chemicals to aquifers and wells and exposes victims to substances that cause harm to their health, property, and community.

Groundwater Contamination In The United States

Clean water is critical to human health. Chemicals and potentially hazardous materials are also a part of everyday life. From pesticides to industrial waste, chemicals that may cause harm to humans and the environment are the subject of regulatory controls to prevent injury through exposure. When controls break down, or historically poor treatment methods give way, toxic contamination of groundwater can occur.

Here are some key points to understand about groundwater contamination:

How groundwater contamination happens: Industrial processes where chemicals, solvents, waste, or contaminants are used, stored, evaporated, or released into the environment are key drivers of groundwater pollution.

Above and below-ground storage tanks for hazardous chemicals or sewage eventually corrode and leak. Spills occur in areas where chemicals are transferred or used. The chemicals are washed away with water to leach into the soil. Over time, chemicals slowly move through soil with rain and other surface water to reach groundwater.

Groundwater is a valuable natural resource. The US Geological Survey estimates that, on average, 14 percent of Americans rely on groundwater for culinary purposes. In 2009, the USGS found that approximately 23 percent of private wells in this country contain contaminants of concern.

Potential threats to groundwater: Chemicals reach groundwater through many means, including:

  • Agricultural use of pesticides
  • Leach of chemicals from landfills or industry
  • Leaking storage facilities and corroding pipes
  • Improper use and disposal of chemicals or human and/or animal waste
  • Improperly maintained surface impoundments
  • Household and industrial dumping
  • Abandoned mines, abandoned wells, or drainage wells
  • Poorly constructed, regulated, or maintained water wells or services

Impacts of contaminated groundwater: Contaminated groundwater has lasting impact on humans and the environment. Poor quality drinking water can have devastating results on a developing fetus or young children. Contaminated drinking and landscape water is associated with many diseases including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions.

Soil contamination dissipates slowly, gradually releasing toxins into groundwater over time. When a toxic soil and groundwater plume is discovered years after the release event or dumping occurred, property values of the area are permanently affected.

Areas where drought has impacted aquifers and reduced well levels can result in more concentrated chemical contamination of drinking water.

What can be done? Once discovered, steps to address groundwater contamination may include:

  • Halting the process of contamination or chemical release, if it is still active.
  • Site clean-up
  • Pumping out and treating water by removal, biological or chemical remediation, or venting contaminated soil
  • Permanently treating contaminated groundwater where it surfaces
  • Additional remediation methods including monitoring depending on site specifics and geography

Groundwater contamination can spread far beyond its original site and contaminate related aquifers. If chemicals are discovered or suspected in your community, seek advice and help from experienced legal and hydrological resources.

Why Choose Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.?

With more than 30 years achieving outstanding results for clients and their families who suffer injury through the negligence of others, Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. takes an active role in pursuing compensation on behalf of those injured or harmed through groundwater contamination.

Currently, our firm is investigating a large case of groundwater contamination and release of nitrates affecting families in Millsboro, Delaware. We have years of successful experience holding corporate and individual defendants accountable for their negligence. Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. aggressively pursues remediation, money damages, and other remedies on behalf of individuals and the communities within which they live.

Experienced Groundwater Contamination Law Firm Protects Your Health And Property After Hazardous Exposure

With the highest rating from legal ranking agency Martindale-Hubbell, and listing in the Bar Register for Preeminent Lawyers, Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is a highly reputable law firm that skillfully protects your right to compensation after injury caused through the negligence of other parties.

From our Baltimore and Washington, D.C. offices, we serve clients across Maryland, including Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Annapolis, Rockville, Greenbelt, and across the United States. If you have questions about physical injuries or other damages caused by water contamination, contact us today or call 410-234-1000 to discuss your case.