Another lawsuit- Lorain

November 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

With more to come I am thinking!!!
from today’s Plain Dealer
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009/11/lorain_family_sues_city_for_wr.html

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Lorain family sues city, says negligence caused wrongful death
By Thomas Feran, The Plain Dealer
November 16, 2009, 7:00AM

LORAIN, Ohio — The family of a Lorain woman is suing the city for wrongful death, charging that her fatal illness stemmed from a 2006 sewer break caused by the city’s negligence.

Charles and Mary Williams, of Oak Point Road, say that doctors blame mold and bacteria from the flood of sewage for the chronic infections that last May killed Mary’s 84-year-old mother, Dorothy Dulick.

CT Consultants, which designed the sewer line, and Insituform Technologies Inc., which was under contract to repair the corroded line, were also named as defendants in the suit filed in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Unspecified damages are sought.

The Williams family earlier joined neighbors in filing a suit that continues against the city for property damage caused by the sewer break.

Raw sewage, feces and other debris flooded the Williams house and others on Nov. 30, 2006, after a 36-inch sewer line collapsed under Old Lake Road, at the corner of Oak Point Road near Lorain’s PQM Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Williams’ suit says. The homes flooded a second time when the sewer system failed again on Dec. 25.

The flood caused structural damage to the house. But the Williams family, including Dulick, continued to live amid the damage and smell because they could not afford to move, said Andrew Goldwasser, the family attorney. And Charles Williams lost his home-based business because of the damage, the attorney added.

The city of Lorain knew about the sewer line problem from a rupture in 2004 that was fixed with a “short-term concrete patch,” Goldwasser said.

Attorneys for the city did not return messages for comment on Friday.

Contact Tom Feran: feran@plaind.com or 216-999-6251.

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