People who live in six communities in Ohio and West Virginia along the Ohio River may have been exposed to C8, also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid. The controversial substance has been used in the production of Teflon and hundreds of other applications at DuPont Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia since the 1950s. In 2002, local water consumers in several Ohio communities including Belpre, Tuppers Plains, Little Hocking and Pomeroy discovered that the substance had made its way into their water supplies. The contamination was also found in Lubeck and Mason County, West Virginia.
The discovery of the manmade substance in local drinking water was the subject of a class action lawsuit brought against DuPont by residents on both sides of the river that resulted in a landmark exposure study involving nearly 70,000 people. The seven-year study, which involved data collected in the C8 Health Project, culminated in several recent findings from the C8 Science Panel linking C8 exposure to pregnancy-induced hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis as well as kidney and testicular cancer.
The C8 Medical Panel was established to determine what monitoring or screening might be appropriate for members of the class in light of the C8 Science Panel’s findings. The Medical Panel members are developing the protocols for two phases of monitoring – initial screening and continued medical monitoring. The protocol for the initial phase of screening is expected by March 15, 2013 with the protocol for continued monitoring by September 15, 2013.
To learn more about legal representation available to persons who believe they may have been victimized by C8 contamination, please contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation and find out if you have a claim involving C8 and your health by calling 1-888-534-4850 or visit their webpage at www.slaterzurz.com and fill out a FREE CASE REVIEW FORM located on the top right hand side of the page.
Under the terms of the class action settlement agreement, the criteria for filing a personal injury claim is not based on an individual’s current place of residence. The class involves anyone who lived or worked within the contaminated water districts and consumed the water for a year or more prior to December 3, 2004.
Slater & Zurz LLP has partnered with Marietta, Ohio attorney Ethan Vessels to represent people victimized by C8 on an individual basis, NOT as part of a class action lawsuit.