As part of the settlement in a long-running personal injury lawsuit brought by a class of residents of Spelter, West Virginia, DuPont Corporation has agreed to pay $80 Million for medical monitoring for those residents. A group of people who lived near DuPont’s smelting facility were awarded a $251.7 Million judgment by a jury in 2007, plus $129.6 Million for medical monitoring, but the West Virginia Supreme Court later reduced the jury’s award.
The plaintiffs were scheduled for a new trial in March, which would have centered on whether the plaintiffs did not file their lawsuit in time. Instead, DuPont agreed to settle the lawsuit by offering up to $80 Million in medical monitoring for thousands of residents. Class members will be allowed to enroll in the medical monitoring program for six months.
While the DuPont case involves a community far away from Alabama, our state also deals with similar issues of environmental contamination. Based in Mobile, Alabama, the personal injury attorneys of Long & Long are very concerned about the potential for contamination from this year’s BP Gulf Oil Spill. We are determined to protect Gulf Coast communities from toxic pollution, holding negligent corporations accountable for the injuries they cause.
If you believe that your family’s health or livelihood may be affected by pollutants or toxic chemicals, please contact Long & Long today to discuss your legal options.