What to do if our city failed to properly test out drinking water and I got sick?

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What to do if our city failed to properly test out drinking water and I got sick?

There was coliform bacteria found in our drinking water. The city did not check samples. There was lead found also. I got a fungi and was sick for 2 months. Do I have a case?

Asked on June 25, 2011 under General Practice, Georgia

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You may have a claim for negligence against the city.  Prior to filing a lawsuit against the city, a city usually has a claims procedure which involves obtaining claim forms and filing a claim against the city within a specific period of time.  After the city denies your claim, which is standard procedure, you can then proceed with your lawsuit for negligence.  If you miss the deadline for filing your claim against the city, you won't be able to proceed with your subsequent lawsuit.

You should obtain your medical reports and medical bills.  The medical reports will document the nature and extent of your illness and will be used to determine the amount of compensation you receive for pain and suffering.  Compensation for pain and suffering is an amount in addition to your medical bills.  Compensation for the medical bills is straight reimbursement.  Compensation for any documented wage loss is also straight reimbursement. 

You will need to file your lawsuit prior to the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations or you will lose your rights forever in the matter.


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