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Lead Poisoning in Clarksburg Due to Contaminated Drinking Water?

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Lead poisoning can have serious health consequences. That’s why news of lead exposure to Clarksburg, West Virginia residents due to contaminated drinking water in the city’s water system shocked this community in Harrison County.

If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from lead poisoning due to contaminated drinking water in Clarksburg or surrounding communities served by Clarksburg’s water system, you have rights. That’s why it’s critical that you talk to an experienced attorney right away to learn more about your legal options.

Our aggressive legal team at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC can fight for your rights every step of the way. Our award-winning West Virginia personal injury attorneys consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts for injury victims and their families.

Our firm’s three, founding attorneys are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an invitation-only group comprised of lawyers who have secured multi-million-dollar settlements or verdicts. We don’t back down from tough cases. We rise to the challenge.

Who is at risk?

The Clarksburg Water Board failed to notify the public about the risk of lead exposure in the city’s drinking water, according to a 2021 investigation conducted by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. As a result, state health officials fined the city for failure to notify the public about the potential health risk.

Clarksburg’s water system serves nearly 18,000 people in the city. In addition, Clarksburg’s water system provides water to more than 38,000 additional people throughout the state through Clarksburg’s public water system.

Certain streets and neighborhoods in Clarksburg tested extremely high for lead content in the water. These streets included:

  • Tyler Avenue – 2,130 parts per billion (PPB)
  • Bridge Street – 726.5 PPB
  • Stanley Avenue – 326.6 PPB

The federal government issues warnings if the lead content is above 15 ppb. As a result, certain streets in Clarksburg are 142 times higher than the maximum allowed federal limit for lead content.

Clarksburg stopped installing lead-based water pipes in the city in 1960. As a result, residents who live in homes built before 1960 may have unsafe lead levels above the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, residents who live in homes built after 1960 in Clarksburg or other communities serviced by the city’s public water system could potentially be at risk as well.

Common health problems?

Lead poisoning is caused by lead building up in a person’s body, often due to exposure to lead in drinking water or in contaminated air over several months or years. Even so-called small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems, particularly in children under 6 years old and pregnant women who are consistently exposed to lead.

Lead poisoning can cause a wide range of health issues, including:

  • Brain damage, including mental retardation and reduced mental development in children
  • Nerve damage and other types of damage to the central nervous system
  • Kidney damage and other types of renal impairment
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)

These are just some of the health problems often associated with lead poisoning. If you or a loved one believe you were exposed to lead due to contaminated drinking water in Clarksburg, seek immediate medical attention, then talk to a lawyer at our law firm.

Symptoms of lead poisoning?

Symptoms of lead poisoning can sometime be hard to detect. This is why many health professional advise people to be tested by a doctor for lead poisoning. Even if you do not appear to have any symptoms, you could be experiencing serious health problems due to lead poisoning. Symptoms may include:

  • Learning difficulties in children
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Lack of energy
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Seizures
  • Abdominal pain

Make sure you take your symptoms or any unusual health problems experienced by your children or other family members seriously. Such symptoms could be a sign of lead poisoning, which can be fatal at high levels.

What are my legal options?

If you or a loved one is suffering from lead poisoning caused by contaminated drinking water supplied by Clarksburg’s water system, you may have several legal options available to you. The best way to learn more about your legal rights is meet with a lawyer at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC.

We won’t waste a second getting right to work on your potential legal case. We’ll meet with you to find out exactly what’s going on in your own words. Then we’ll aggressively investigate your case and search for evidence in support of your claim. Whether we negotiate a settlement on your behalf or file a lawsuit seeking damages (financial compensation), we will pursue the maximum financial compensation you deserve for medical bills, pain and suffering and other injury-related expenses.

Clarksburg violated people’s rights. The city put the public’s health at risk. You have suffered enough. Get the law firm that gets results. Contact us and schedule your free case evaluation right now. We will not rest until justice is served.

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