October 29, 2012 – It now appears likely that Ohio and West Virginia residents who suffered serious health problems related to the notorious Teflon manufacturing ingredient C8 may soon have their day in court. This month, the first three C8 personal injury lawsuits were filed in WV, which could potentially mark the beginning of a wave of similar litigation linking the substance to several different types of human disease. The new claims are based on a recently-completed epidemiological study which found a positive correlation between C8 exposure and cancer (thyroid, kidney & testicular), ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and other serious health complications.
C8 Lawsuit Update 1/23/13: Earlier this month, DuPont submitted a request to consolidate nearly 30 federal environmental tort lawsuits filed over its controversial Teflon manufacturing agent perfluorooctanoic acid (commonly known as ‘C8’) into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). The C8 lawsuits were filed on behalf of Ohio and West Virginia residents who were either seriously injured or killed after drinking water contaminated with the dangerous chemical, which was released from DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia prior to 2004.
What’s the Problem?
Starting in the 1950s and continuing on through the turn of the century, DuPont Chemical used C8 (which is also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid) to manufacture Teflon at its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, WV. During the Teflon manufacturing process, large amounts of C8 were released into the air and water surrounding the plant. Additional quantities of the substance were scattered in local landfills and then into the Ohio River. As a result, at least six water districts (two in WV and four in Ohio) were contaminated with C8, including:
- Little Hocking, Ohio
- Lubeck Public Service District, West Virginia
- City of Belpre, Ohio
- Mason County Public Service District, West Virginia
- Tuppers Plains, Ohio
- Village of Pomeroy, Ohio
C8 Exposure Side Effects
If you lived along the Ohio River near the DuPont plant in Parkersburg, WV, anytime between the 1950s and December 2004, you may have been exposed to C8. People who regularly drank or bathed in the contaminated water are at risk for developing the following conditions, which an independent science panel has linked to C8 exposure:
- thyroid disease
- kidney cancer
- testicular cancer
- ulcerative colitis
- pregnancy-induced hypertension
- other serious health complications
As a result of reports of these complications in patients exposed to C8, a medical panel has been appointed to decide what screening or monitoring might be appropriate for at-risk individuals. Until the panel’s conclusions are reached, people suffering from diseases linked to C8 exposure may proceed with personal injury claims against DuPont. A class action settlement agreement filed in Wood County Circuit Court by area residents indicates that the company may not dispute the fact that C8 can cause the diseases the science panel has linked to exposure.
One of the new C8 exposure lawsuits was filed by Virginia Morrison on behalf of her husband, who died of complications resulting from kidney cancer in 2008. “We lived on DuPont Road for years,” Morrison said. “Only this year did we find out that the water we were drinking may have made my husband sick.” The two other recent claims involve thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with one or more of the conditions listed above, and feel C8 exposure may be responsible, contact Schmidt & Clark, LLP, today to discuss your legal options. There is no charge for this initial consultation. If we determine that you have a C8 exposure lawsuit, we will represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable outcome in your case.