Reckless and irresponsible abuses of the environment have created health concerns for innocent bystanders for decades. Asking a child to receive an education at the cost of their health or a teacher to work in such an unsafe environment is not a question for a corporation to answer.
If you have been exposed to a harmful toxic substance, a skilled San Diego personal injury lawyer can help. Contact The Injury Trial Lawyers, APC today and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.
Asking a child to sit still for an entire day and participate in classroom activities can present several challenges. Kids today are used to distractions and receiving information in the form of sound bites. Just about anything from a pencil to a bird outside the window is enough to pull the attention of a child from a lecture.
Sometimes distractions in the classroom are beneficial in that they will protect a child from harm; a fire alarm for instance. The most hazardous classroom distractions are those that are undetectable and only leave their marks years later, like an untreated learning disorder. An unusual example of this type of dangerous distraction is the subject of a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of the teachers and students of Magnolia Elementary in El Cajon.
The faculty and students at this particular elementary school spent years as victims of an unnoticed and untraced classroom “distraction.” On May 27th their voices have been heard by way of their class action lawsuit filed against defendant, AMETEK, Incorporated.
A Chemical Dump Right Next Door
Ametek, Inc. is a chemical corporation engaged in the craft of manufacturing aircraft engine parts. Magnolia Elementary School is a smaller grade school engaged in the business of education. Coincidentally, Ametek is also the property owner of land located directly next door to Magnolia Elementary School.
According to the Plaintiff’s Complaint for a period of twenty-five years from about 1960 to 1985 Ametek dumped toxic chemicals in the area. For the purpose of chemical dumps, the company created a sump hole on their property located next to the school. The hole is the largest chlorinated solvent mass underground in the state of California’s history.
Classrooms at Risk
Over the years, the chemical solvent made its way underground from the company’s property to the school’s property. After that, the chemical rose up through the air and began to pollute and alter the air quality within the school building.
Ametek was ordered by the state to begin clean up of the plume after this fact was discovered. Ametek failed to comply despite the state issuing fines.
To date, testing at the school grounds has demonstrated that the air quality remains unsafe. The extent of the damage is not yet clear. The school district and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control have both independently continued to test the air quality and soil surrounding the school. The plaintiffs’ attorneys are requesting that the court award all parties involved medical monitoring to evaluate the extent of the chemicals’ effects.
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