Toxic Fumes Lawsuit Brought Against Scrap Metal Company

A fire on the premises of a scrap metal company released toxic fumesAudrey R. Raymond has filed a lawsuit against Southern Scrap Material Co. on behalf of herself and her son, alleging that the company was negligent in allowing a fire that released toxic fumes to ignite.

According to the Louisiana Record, the lawsuit was filed on the same day that the fire occurred. The plaintiff claims that a safety net inside a decommissioned barge located on the company's premises caught fire and produced toxic smoke and fumes that caused injuries to the plaintiff. 

The plaintiff is seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses and injury, lost wages, pain and suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, property damages, evacuation expenses and court costs, according to the news source. 

The defendants are accused of not following safety rules and regulations, allowing a toxic substance to enter the atmosphere and failing to properly control the situation once the fire started. The company is also accused of negligent hiring and training practices; it is alleged that the company hired unskilled workers and failed to train them properly, the news provider reports.