North St. Louis County has recently seen an increase in lawsuits for wrongful death. Eight residents of North St. Louis have added to the lawsuits against Mallinckrodt Inc. and Cotter Corporation, alleging negligence in processing and transporting nuclear byproduct. Allegedly, the products were dumped at sites near the St. Louis Airport and contaminated Coldwater Creek, which eventually flows into the Missouri River.
Two of the plaintiffs were men who worked near the waste sites for over thirty years. Both men died of cancer in 2011. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (linked above), the Missouri Heath Department stated in 2013 that there is not an indication that cancer rates linked to the radioactive materials are higher in North County. Investigation continues by St. Louis County health department officials.
Processing or handling nuclear waste is often considered a strict liability tort. In other words, if any damage happens to people or property, all of the responsibility automatically shifts to the person or company in charge of the dangerous activity. Safety precautions do not matter if they were not effective. States often limit strict liability to activities that are extremely hazardous to society. More information would need to be gathered in the case above to determine what nuclear activity was really occurring in North St. Louis. It is a tragedy if lives could have been spared.
Wrongful death claims can be the most difficult types of cases to litigate. These cases are often very emotionally charged, and it takes a skilled practitioner to put emotion aside and make the best arguments for the family of the victim. However, that attorney has to be emotionally invested in the case as well. The family of attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have experience with wrongful death cases and can help you recover the judgment you deserve. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.
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