Water contamination accounts for some seven million cases of illness per year and about a thousand fatalities. There is a wide range of contaminates that exist in water, from synthetic man made compounds to bacteria and viruses that have not been filtered out of drinking water. Most water contamination illnesses go unreported because the symptoms are hard to distinguish from food poisoning.
Symptoms can vary in severity depending on the contaminant in your water. Those with weakened immune systems, such as young children, the elderly, and those with medical problems face more severe symptoms. Symptoms also vary depending on how long you’ve been drinking the water. If the local water supply is contaminated, more symptoms such as birth defects and cancer can occur. Common symptoms include:
- Stomach problems, cramps
- Birth defects
If you have been injured by contaminated water, it may be wise to consult a personal injury lawyer. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you estimate your damages and identify the source of contamination. A class action lawyer can also represent you in court and file any necessary paperwork.