Equipment failure caused chemical release according to lawsuit

Michelle Massey Apr. 23, 2010, 10:31am

Daniel Becnel, Jr.

A hazardous chemical release in St. Charles Parish on April 13 is the subject of a federal lawsuit brought six days later by nearby resident Shannon Clark.

Clark filed suit in the Eastern District of Louisiana on April 19 over equipment failure at the Dow Chemical unit of Hexion Specialy Chemicals facility which caused titanium tetrachloride and other hazardous chemcials to be released.

Reserve attorneys Daniel E. Becnel, Jr., Darryl M. Becnel, Matthew B. Moreland, Christopher Devon Becnel, and Toni Becnel of Becnel Law Firm are representing Clark.

Her suit follows a class action filed April 13 in federal court by a group of residents, represented by lawyers from Lambert & Nelson in New Orleans, claiming personal injury.

Clark accuses the defendants of negligence for failing to properly handle and contain the hazardous and harmful substance, allowing a hazardous situation to exist due to faulty and insufficient procedures and work practices, failing to properly warn the plaintiff to keep away from the substances, failing to properly inspect their equipment and plant facility and failing to implement rules and regulations pertaining to the safe operation of tasks.

Clark is asking the court to award damages for injuries, symptoms, inconvenience, emotional distress, mental anguish, fear, discomfort, pain and suffering, psychiatric and psychological damages, damages related to evacuation, property damages and interest.

U.S. District judge Ivan L.R. LeMelle is assigned to the case.

Case No 2:10cv01135

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