West Virginia Water Contamination Lawyer
If you have been affected by the January spill of coal processing chemicals into the Elk River by Freedom Industries, you may be entitled to compensation. At Warner Law Offices in Charleston, West Virginia, our attorneys handle water contamination claims due to chemical spills, fracking and other types of negligence. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Was Your Family Affected By The Chemical Spill?
On the morning of January 9, residents in the Charleston area noticed a licorice-like odor in tap water. Only later did we learn of the cause: a spill of approximately 10,000 gallons of methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and another chemical called PPH into the Elk River from a storage tank operated by Freedom Industries.
Unfortunately, the chemical spill occurred just 1.5 miles upstream from a water treatment center operated by West Virginia American Water. The treatment center supplies water to more than 300,000 people in nine counties in the Charleston, West Virginia, metropolitan area.
Freedom Industries initially denied media inquiries about a chemical spill. West Virginia American Water learned of the spill about noon on January 9 from the Department of Environmental Protection. The water company did not immediately warn its customers, assuming it could filter the chemical out of the water. After those attempts were unsuccessful, West Virginia American Water reported the issue to its customers at 4 p.m., advising them not to drink, cook with or bathe in tap water.
Families have been affected in many ways. Some businesses experienced disruption due to a loss of clean water supply. Many families were forced to buy bottled water. Hundreds of people have sought medical treatment for symptoms ranging from nausea to rashes, and thousands of others live with worries of future health effects after being exposed to the chemicals.
Free Consultation With A Charleston Water Contamination Side Effects Attorney
If you have been harmed by the Elk River water contamination, the lawyers at Warner Law Offices offer a free case evaluation. Send us an email or call 304-881-0641 or 866-617-0522 to learn how we can help.