Wisconsin Company to Face Lawsuit for Chemical Contamination

The plaintiff is seeking more than $2 million in damages for spine and lower back injuries that were allegedly incurred during the collision.The Crestline Windows factory was a staple in the Wausau, Wisconsin area prior to the alleged chemical pollution that many residents are claiming has led to serious illnesses, according to CBS7 WSAW.

For 40 years the plant used a chemical product known as Penta for the production of windows and related materials. This material was later found to contain hazardous chemicals, and its alleged that these dioxins were spilled and discharged into the local environment, the news source reported.

The local residents have filed a personal injury lawsuit due to the possible effect that the chemical has had on their health and wellness, as six deaths and more than 70 cases of illness are alleged to have been caused by the dumping of these materials, according to CBS7.

"Obviously the longer you're exposed to something, the greater your risk would be, but you also have to consider, what is the level of exposure," Dale Grosskirth, safety director for Marathon County, told the news source. "So you may be exposed to something at a very low level for a long period of time and it not be a problem, whereas somebody else, a high level for a short period of time could be a problem."

The personal injury attorney for the plaintiffs has claimed that the illnesses that have surfaced are in direct relation to the dumping of Penta. Along with the six deaths that have occurred, there are 30 cases of cancer that have been attributed to the chemical by the defense, CBS7 reported.

While the Wisconsin lawsuit is centered around more than 70 plaintiffs, one Louisiana resident has sought damages for injuries that occurred while the individual was cleaning up an oil spill, according to The Louisiana Record.

Tyrone Walton filed a suit against E S & H Inc. for injuries that allegedly occurred during a boat collision that took place in July, 2010 during the oil spill cleanup in the Gulf, the news source reported.

The plaintiff is seeking more than $2 million in damages for spine and lower back injuries that were allegedly incurred during the collision. Among the charges are the company's failure to maintain safe control of the vessel and failure to provide sufficient training to the boat operators, The Record reported.