October 29, 2012 — The toxic chemical C8 has been associated with many severe, life-threatening health complications, including:
- high cholesterol
- kidney cancer
- testicular cancer
- thyroid disease
- inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
- high blood pressure during pregnancy (preeclampsia).
DuPont, the company responsible for leaking massive amounts of C8 into the groundwater in Ohio and West Virginia, has already settled a class action lawsuit with more than 70,000 people. After a scientific panel linked C8 exposure to health complications, the first three C8 personal injury lawsuits were filed in West Virginia.
The three C8 personal injury lawsuits involve two personal injury claims and one claim for wrongful death. The injury claims were filed by Scott Blackwell and Sandra Tennant, who suffered from ulcerative colitis and thyroid disease after exposure to C8. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed by Virginia Morrison, whose husband died of kidney cancer in 2008.
These personal injury lawsuits are moving forward after the C8 Science Panel found “probable links” between C8 exposure and health complications. The panel was formed in 2005, as part of the class action lawsuit settlement. The panel has concluded its six-year review, and concluded that anyone who was exposed may be at risk of serious health complications.
You may have been exposed if you drank contaminated water for at least one year prior to December 3, 2004, in any of the following six water districts:
- Little Hocking, Ohio
- Lubeck Public Service District, West Virginia
- City of Belpre, Ohio
- Tuppers Plains, Ohio
- Mason County Public Service District, West Virginia
- Village of Pomeroy, Ohio
Many people who were exposed to contaminated groundwater in these water districts may be eligible for compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against DuPont. Although only three lawsuits have been filed so far, this litigation will likely continue to grow as more people seek justice for their injuries.