Weitz & Luxenberg is no longer accepting cases concerning contamination in Vigo county, IN. This information is provided for informational purposes only.
VIGO COUNTY, INDIANA
Weitz & Luxenberg would like to hear from residents of Vigo County, Indiana, who are contending with water and soil contamination caused by a local Pfizer facility
January 6, 2010 - The personal-injury law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg is helping to keep the residents of Vigo County, Indiana, updated on the Jordan Creek environmental cleanup project. The cleanup was ordered after a massive flood in June, 2008, caused the breach of a soil levee on property owned by Pfizer Inc.
An estimated 300 million gallons of floodwater from a 900-acre watershed surged into a small containment pond that was part of Pfizer’s wastewater treatment plant. The floodwaters overwhelmed the small 3-acre pond, sending chemically-laden soil downstream into Jordan Creek and across residential property lines in Indiana’s Vigo County.
“Many residents are worried and are reaching out for legal information, as well as health information,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Weitz & Luxenberg Environmental and Toxic Torts unit. “We want to share our knowledge with all Vigo County home owners affected by the toxic PCB spill.”
Vigo County home owners face more than water-damaged furniture. They are also contending with soil contamination from high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that seeped into the ground. The accident prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to order a massive cleanup project.
The bottom line
Fearing Pfizer’s cleanup efforts would fail to restore ground soil or real estate values to pre-flood conditions, many local residents have asked that the state order Pfizer to buy out their property. Others are considering a PCB lawsuit. According to the company, the cleanup project required the removal and replacement of some 70,000 cubic yards of soil along 3.2 miles of Jordan Creek.
PCB exposure symptoms
Despite Pfizer’s efforts, Jordan Creek residents are now reporting illnesses associated with PCB exposure, including skin conditions such as chloracne and rashes. Health authorities say symptoms can also include: changes in blood and urine (which may indicate liver damage), dermal and ocular lesions, irregular menstrual cycles, a lowered immune response, and poor cognitive development in children.
Seek justice and obtain compensation
If you are a Vigo County, Ind., resident and you or a family member is experiencing health problems related to the exposure to PCBs, or you seek legal advice about real estate property devaluations stemming from the accident, the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg will provide a free legal consultation. You can obtain a free case review with a PCB lawyer by filling out the questionnaire on this page.
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