Hazardous Chemical Leaks from Train in Cincinnati
Thousands of Cincinnati residents are eligible to receive a settlement check if they were evacuated or harmed by the styrene leak on the east side in 2005. Styrene, also known as vinyl benzene, is an organic compound that evaporates easily and has a sweet smell. The production of styrene in the United States was increased in the 1940′s to supply the war with synthetic rubber. It is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In order to collect a settlement check, claimants must prove they lived in the area at the time of the leak and suffered some sort of loss because of the leak. As many as 20,000 people are eligible to apply for a payment, but lawyers on both sides state that many of the settlement seekers will not qualify.
Resident must prove they suffered a personal injury or loss related to their property. The standard of proof is higher than last year, when 1,200 residents who lived closest to the leak shared a $2 million settlement. Most of those residents had been ordered to evacuate their homes.
The leak occurred in August 2005 when a railroad car spewed the chemical for three days. The decision to expand the settlement came last week as part of a final agreement to resolve lawsuits related to the leak. The expanded area stretches from the Ohio River to Madison Avenue and Red Bank Road. If more residents than expected qualify for payments, the individual checks could be reduced because the defendant’s payment is capped at $1 million. The deadline for residents to apply is August 6, 2007.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a chemical leak after a train accident, you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please consult with a competent Train Injury Attorney to find out if you are entitled to compensation.