Berniard Law Firm responds to Hahnville leak

In response to the recent chemical leak in Hahnville, Louisiana, by Dow Chemical, the Berniard Law Firm has filed a Class Action complaint on behalf of residents of Southeast Louisiana affected by the leak of dangerous chemicals that occurred on July 7th.

Representing all individuals affected physically, be it through headache, dizziness, nausea, burning of the eyes or other ailments, the class action looks to require Dow to take responsibility for the release of ethyl acrylate into the air from its St. Charles Parish plant. The actions the plant has taken in addressing the public’s risk to harm and the closing of River Road in parts demonstrates that an active and dangerous agent was released by Dow and the company bears responsibility for the harms this leak has caused.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ethyl acrylate is a strong irritant of the eyes, skin, mucous membranes, respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract in humans. As there is no way of knowing the level of ethyl acrylate Dow has exposed the Greater New Orleans area to on the morning of July 7th, action was necessary so as to demand accountability.

Members of the class have been determined to be any persons throughout Louisiana who were exposed to a release of any chemical by Dow on or around July 7th and said release caused to that person injuries, emotional distress, loss of income or the loss of the beneficial use, enjoyment, and exclusive possession of their property, or any other damages that may have been suffered.

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