Personal injury lawsuits have been filed against DuPont over contaminated water in West Virginia and Ohio. The personal injury lawsuits are in response to findings by the C8 Science Panel that link exposure to C8 with several different kinds of human disease.
C8 is a chemical that DuPont has been using since the 1950s. It is also referred to as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). DuPont has used this controversial substance in its production of Teflon and other consumer applications since the 1950s at DuPont Washington Works, which is located near Parkersburg, West Virginia.
In 2002, it was discovered that C8 was in the aquifers and wells of local water consumers in several Ohio communities, which included Pomeroy, Little Hocking, Belpre and Tuppers Plains. Contamination by the chemical substance was also discovered in public water supplies in Mason and Lubeck County, West Virginia.
Findings of panel
Over 24 personal injury lawsuits have been filed against DuPont by Mid-Ohio Valley residents in response to the findings of the C8 Science Panel. The findings of the C8 Science Panel came as a result of a class action lawsuit against DuPont that was filed in Wood County Circuit Court in West Virginia by area residents.
In April, 2012, the C8 Science Panel linked the chemical substance to testicular and kidney cancer. In July, 2012, the C8 Science Panel linked the manmade substance to ulcerated colitis and thyroid disease. In October, 2012, the panel linked exposure to C8 to high cholesterol. In December, 2012, the panel linked the chemical to pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure).
As a result of these findings by the C8 Science Panel, a medical panel has been appointed to determine what screening or monitoring may be deemed appropriate for those Mid-Ohio Valley residents who have filed personal injury lawsuits against DuPont in consequence of the findings of the C8 Science Panel. While this is going on, however, members are allowed to bring personal injury lawsuits against DuPont for diseases they are suffering from that have been linked to C8 exposure.
There was a class action settlement in the lawsuit that was brought against DuPont by area residents in West Virginia. The settlement agreement was an indication that DuPont may not dispute that exposure to C8 can bring about the specific diseases determined by the C8 Science Panel.
So far, 11 personal injury lawsuits against DuPont have been filed in Washington County, 3 in Meigs County, 4 in Athens County and 4 in Mason County, West Virginia. These cases are in regard to one person with pregnancy-induced hypertension, 5 with kidney cancer and one with testicular cancer, 4 with ulcerative colitis and 11 people with thyroid disease.
Criteria for filing
The criteria for filing personal injury lawsuits against DuPont, according to the terms of the class action settlement agreement, is not based on where a person currently lives. Rather, anyone who worked or lived inside of one of the contaminated water districts and drank water for a year or longer prior to December 3, 2004, is allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit against DuPont.
If you have been injured by exposure to C8, you should contact a personal injury attorney to see if you can file a personal injury lawsuit against DuPont for the injuries that you have suffered from exposure to the chemical substance.