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Maddens Lawyers probe into contaminated water in katherine

calendar 15 Feb 2018

Maddens Lawyers have begun investigations into the Department of Defence for exposing residents of Katherine, Northern Territory to water contaminated with unsafe levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Residents, businesses and land-owners in and around Katherine should contact Maddens Lawyers to discuss their concerns.

Mr Brendan Pendergast, Principal of Maddens Lawyers, said that the consequences of the contaminated water may give rise to a claim for compensation against the department.

Mr Pendergast said that the community has been living with contaminated water for too long now and their concerns were not being adequately addressed. “This chemical has polluted the water they use for drinking and recreation, and closer examination should be undertaken. Access to clean unadulterated water is a fundamental human right.”

“We know that contact with water containing high levels of PFAS can have an impact on a person’s health. There is uncertainty in relation to the long term impact on the persons exposed to contaminated water. In addition to this, there is potential for land values to plummet putting more pressure on households,” Mr Pendergast said.

Maddens Lawyers has significant experience in representing large groups of people having successfully represented many hundreds of victims of bushfires across Victoria and New South Wales since 1983. This includes people affected by the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires and, more recently, the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

Anyone impacted should contact Maddens Lawyers on 1800 815 228 or email to register their details.

Registering is not a commitment to take legal action but will ensure that those affected are kept informed of developments regarding the investigation and compensation opportunities.

Given the number of people impacted, any potential claim for compensation is likely to be advanced by way of a class action.

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Sarah Sheehan, Communications Manager, Maddens Lawyers: 0401 904 570

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