FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens if you swim in water with high bacteria levels?
High bacteria levels in the water you swim in can cause sicknesses and rashes. Nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fevers, and chills are all common symptoms, as well as skin rashes and infections in the ears, eyes, and nasal cavities.
What are the health risks of breathing raw sewage?
Similar to the risks of swimming in water with high bacteria levels, breathing raw sewage can cause nausea, irritation of the eyes, ears, throat, and nose, and difficulty breathing. At very high concentrations, asphyxiation and death are also possible, as sewer gas is composed of toxic compounds like methane, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide.
What should I do if I went swimming at Dockweiler State Beach or El Segundo Beach in Late July, 2021?
If you were in or came in contact with the water in the Santa Monica Bay after July 11, 2021, you should be mindful of any symptoms you may have related to the increased bacteria levels. Carefully document anything out of the ordinary, and follow the investigations and any impending legal actions. If you feel you have been harmed, SSMS Trial Lawyers will be happy to offer you a free consultation and keep you advised of your legal options.
If you are experiencing symptoms, you should always contact a licensed medical professional and seek treatment.
Is the sewage spill responsible for the elevated bacteria levels?
Although the beach closures due to elevated bacteria levels occurred just over two weeks after the Hyperion Water Treatment spill, the Los Angeles County Health Department has publicly stated that the reason for elevated levels of bacteria in the Santa Monica Bay is unknown.
There is currently no sewage flowing from the plant, and there are several reasons for the rise in bacteria levels, according to the health department.
Is the City of Los Angeles taking action against Hyperion for the sewage spill?
Currently, the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have ordered investigations into the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant spill.
The L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board also ordered Hyperion to provide monitoring and reporting related to the spill.
Is there compensation for residents after the Hyperion spill?
The City of Los Angeles offered reimbursements for air conditioning units and hotel stays for local residents after the Hyperion spill, due to the overwhelming stench of raw sewage permeating throughout the area.
Multiple ensuing investigations could potentially lead to more compensation for residents of Playa Del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, and other nearby communities.
If you believe you suffered illness or physical harm as a result of the elevated bacteria levels in the Santa Monica Bay, you can contact SSMS Trial Lawyers for a free consultation. If there is any lawsuit or settlement resulting from the Hyperion spill, SSMS will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
How can I file a nuisance complaint if smells from the El Segundo sewage spill affected me?
If you live in the surrounding neighborhoods of the Hyperion sewage spill, you may be eligible to file a nuisance complaint and receive monetary compensation. If unsavory smells and interruption of the enjoyment of your property resulted from the LA sewage spill, contact SSMS Trial Lawyers for a free consultation to determine your legal options. If you are a resident of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Playa Del Rey, or other neighborhoods near Dockweiler State Beach on the Santa Monica Bay, find out now if you can receive compensation.
Will there be fines or a sewage spill lawsuit against Hyperion?
If Hyperion is found to have continued operating at a limited capacity after the spill, there will likely be fines issued. Furthermore, ensuing investigations could lead to other legal ramifications for Hyperion if they are found to be liable for exposing the public to harmful levels of bacteria.
If you have been to Dockweiler State Beach, El Segundo Beach, or have swum in the Santa Monica Bay since July 11, 2021, or if you live in the neighborhoods of Playa Del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, or LAX, and you have been negatively affected by the Hyperion Water Treatment Plant spill, the experienced attorneys at SSMS Trial Lawyers would like to offer you a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for damages or injuries.