EPA and PADEP Regulators were not water inspecting Public Regulated Water at facility I was living at. After I reported the toxic water there they inspected finding Excess Manganese in water per inspection report I have copy of and found facility in violation of Safe or Clean Water Law 109.2 My Toxicology test proves I'm Manganese toxic. My medical records prove ingesting that Excess Manganese injured my brain causing ongoing tremors and other manganese injuries and slurred speech at times. The Federal government determined my having permanently disabling mental injuries after my ingesting that toxic Manganese water. I was a Registered Nurse with no criminal record, no poor work history, no abuse record, no drug or alcohol addiction. I was not determined permanently disabled until after my ingesting the toxic Excess Manganese. Numerous Professional Medical References I have verify ingesting Excess Manganese permanently injures the brain and results in a progressively worsening Neurodegenerative Disorder. I was not aware until receiving my Toxicology Test February 2016.
You may be having a hard time finding a lawyer because they believe the statute of limitations has run and you cannot recover. While PA has a discovery rule, it is a strange issue of when you know or SHOULD HAVE KNOWN you had a claim.
The other reason is that some states do not allow lawsuits against government agencies regardless of what may have happened.
So, there are several reasons lawyer shy away from taking your case and most lawyers cannot answer the issue without knowing more about all the facts.
This is a question for personal injury lawyers, not health lawyers. They can better address if its a statute of limitations issue, or a cost of litigation issue, or some other problem.
My answer to your question is for informational purposes only and nothing contained herein is to create or imply an attorney client relationship. Also, my answer is based on South Carolina and Federal law only. In all cases involving legal matter, i always suggest that people consult a licensed attorney in their jurisdiction.
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As described, you certainly may have a case. However, your case may be difficult to prove and might also be very expensive to litigate. I think you should look for lawyers specializing in toxic torts. Good luck.
I am very sorry to learn of your highly serious, permanent injuries described in your above statement. It would be in your best interest interest to retain an attorney who has prior experience in this precise and somewhat arcane type of case (or a similar type of action). You should interview prospective lawyers carefully to determine who is best suited to represent you as such. You may realize that a certain attorney lacks experience in the relevant field of law, and honestly admits that to you, but this lawyer may happen to know or is able to locate the best lawyer in the field to handle your case. I would advise you to allow this attorney to take your case and refer it to the lawyer with the experience, track record and ability to fund such a case. Such a referral is lawful in Pennsylvania as it is almost everywhere. As the client, there are important details that you should be made aware of. Also your consent is necessary. Importantly, this would not result in you ending up with less money. If you went on a search to locate the "right" or "best" attorney, it is unlikely that you would be successful. It would be like trying to locate a needle in a haystack! Get it done right. Also, You are strongly recommended to begin and complete your search PRONTO!
Probably because they did not believe you have a cause. What kind of facility was this? Assuming, for the sake of the argument, that you resided at a correctional facility or a health institution located in the Philadelphia area, this is public water - the same one everybody in the city gets.
1. The EPA does not regularly inspect water at facilities.
2. The Manganese would have been detected by the management and would have affected other people at this facility. Natural sources of iron and manganese are more common in deeper wells where the water has been in contact with rock for a longer time. In coal mining regions of the state, these metals may also occur from both deep and surface mining activities. Iron and manganese often occur together in groundwater but manganese usually occurs in much lower concentrations than iron. Manganese may become noticeable in tap water at concentrations greater than 0.05 milligrams per liter of water (mg/l) by imparting a color, odor, or taste to the water. However, health effects from manganese are not a concern until concentrations are approximately 10 times higher.
Both iron and manganese are readily apparent in drinking water supplies. Both impart a strong metallic taste to the water and both cause staining. Water coming from wells and springs with high iron and/or manganese may appear colorless initially but orange-brown (iron) or black (manganese) stains or particles quickly appear as the water is exposed to oxygen.
Although iron and manganese can occur in wells and springs throughout Pennsylvania, they are most common in northern and western counties. A survey by Penn State found excessive iron concentrations in 17% of the private water supplies sampled in the state.
Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you have Manganese toxicity, unless you were drinking water from a well during your residency at this facility and the water was leaving brown stains, which would have been apparent to everybody.
I agree with all the answers. I cannot handle this type case on my own. It is a very costly case to fight for a Solo Practitioner. However, I did email the facts to my colleague who handles complex tort cases all the time, but he has not signed up for Avvo yet. You should contact an attorney right away to evaluate your case. Unfortunately with Avvo I cannot refer an attorney directly in an answer.
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