Woman’s Death Leads to Chemical Exposure Suit
An East St. Louis woman’s family has filed a chemical exposure lawsuit alleging that she died after years of exposure to poisonous chemicals released from a local paint pigment plant once owned by Pfizer and now run by Elementis Pigments.
The complaint blames Pfizer and Elementis Pigments, as well as Illinois Power and Rogers Cartage, for allowing toxic chemicals to be released to the soil, air, and drinking water of East St. Louis, for improper disposal of toxins, and for failing to clear the chemicals once they were released, reports The Madison-St. Clair Record.
The suit states that Pfizer’s paint pigment plant was near Christine Robinson’s East St. Louis apartment, where she lived for over seven years. The plant allegedly emitted many chemicals such as lead, cadmium, chromium, and nickel thus exposing Robinson to potentially lethal toxins, according to the Record.
The chemical exposure lawsuit further claims that a power plant owned and run by Illinois Power from 1922 to 1965, adjoining the Pfizer’s pigment plant, also released toxins and carcinogenic substances into the environment, thereby contaminating the adjacent areas.
The suit also claims that Rogers Cartage allegedly transported toxic waste to a dumping site called Monsanto Superfund Site, situated within a radius of five miles of Robinson’s apartment in East St. Louis.
The suit seeks more than $600,000 in damages plus court costs.
If you or a loved one has experienced a personal injury due to toxic chemical exposure, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation and to find out if a chemical exposure lawyer may be able to help you.