It is no secret that nobody wants to be involved in a personal injury lawsuit. This means that the person or a loved one was injured or killed, which is never a good situation to be in.
Due to contamination of drinking water by a chemical plant in West Virginia, a growing number of Athens County, Ohio, residents are filing federal lawsuits. According to the U.S. District Court in Columbus, the number of lawsuits appears to be standing at 11. However, these cases, along with those from other counties in both Ohio and West Virginia, are being consolidated into a class action lawsuit.
In December 2012, it was reported that four people in Athens County filed lawsuits against E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. for its part in contaminating drinking water with C8.
After a recent search, it was found that the number of lawsuits originating from the county had reached 11.
The lawsuits claim that the chemical caused a variety of health concerns in the plaintiffs, including ulcerative colitis and thyroid disease. There are a variety of claims, including failure to warn, defective product, negligence, and breach of duty among others. While no dollar amount is given, the lawsuits ask for punitive and compensatory damages.
This story goes to show that even when somebody is being careful, he or she may find themselves in the midst of a personal injury lawsuit. Nobody in Athens County was expecting to come in contact with contaminated drinking water, but this is exactly what happened. As a result, their health was jeopardized and attorneys had to be brought into the fight.
Source: The Athens News, "More C8 lawsuits coming from Athens County" Jim Phillips, Feb. 12, 2014