Eleven Slaughter residents file lawsuit against Monolyte Labs for medical issues caused by explosion

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 5:52pm

A lawsuit was filed today on behalf of 11 Slaughter residents who say they have experienced damages caused by an explosion that happened just under a year ago.

Due, Price, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews law firm filed the suit in the 19th Judicial Court in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Sept. 24. They are seeking damages for the residents who lived near the Monolyte Labs, Inc., which was destroyed during an explosion that happened on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.

The residents claim that they have experienced medical issues over the past year.

“During the fire and the subsequent cleanup operations, plaintiffs suffered from acute and chronic exposure to the chemical emissions, resulting in physical damages, including but not limited to respiratory conditions that have required extensive medical treatment, as well as genuine and serious mental anguish and distress and fear and fright, for which they are entitled to recover for their past and future pain and suffering, past and future mental anguish and distress, past and future fear and fright, past and future fear of cancer and disease, past and future loss of enjoyment of life, past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of earnings and income earning capacity, and loss of property value,” the lawsuit describes.

The allegations include the cleanup effort, which was prolonged and therefore partially to blame for the resulting medical issues.

“As this purported remediation dragged on, the chemicals that had been released into the ditches and soil continued to be released into the air and the surrounding community, creating odors that at times have been unbearable. The remediation effort has continued until the present date.”

The lawsuit also names Ascension Fasteners, Inc., Rockwater Fluids Conditioning, LLC, and Rockwater Energey Solutions.

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