Medical Monitoring for C8 Health Conditions
Medical monitoring for C8 health conditions will soon be made available to Mid-Ohio Valley residents who have been drinking water contaminated with an industrial solvent from DuPont Washington Works known as C8.
This week a court appointed medical panel released diagnostic protocols for screening Mid-Ohio Valley residents for diseases that may occur because of exposure to drinking water contaminated with an industrial solvent.
Brookmar, Inc., the company that administered the C8 Health Project, has been tapped to administer the medical monitoring program.
Medical monitoring was deemed necessary in response to findings from the C8 Science Panel, which indicated that exposure to the manufacturing substance was linked to pregnancy-induced hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, and kidney and testicular cancer.
C8 Science Panel and C8 Medical Panel
C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, became the subject of a class action lawsuit against DuPont by thousands of people whose water became contaminated with the man-made substance as the result of manufacturing processes at DuPont Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia. As a condition of a groundbreaking settlement agreement, a panel of independent epidemiologists known as the C8 Science Panel was selected to determine whether or not the impacted population was at greater risk for disease because of the exposure. Due to their findings, a medical panel was established to set a protocol for the testing of the impacted population.
The C8 Medical Panel, which includes Dean Baker, MD, M.P.H., Melissa McDiarmid, MD, M.P.H., D.A.B.T., and Harold Sox, MD, M.A.C.P, was appointed to determine what medical screening is appropriate for people who have been drinking water contaminated with C8 in light of findings by the C8 Science Panel.
Water districts found to be contaminated with C8 include Belpre, Tuppers Plains, Little Hocking and Pomeroy, Ohio and Lubeck and Mason County, West Virginia. The criteria for participation in medical monitoring is not based on an individual’s current place of residence.
The C8 Medical Panel recommends that every member of the class should have access to screening and diagnostic testing, regardless of whether they have a primary care physician or medical insurance. Some specific screenings are based on criteria such as age or pregnancy status.
One item that remains unclear is how long the medical monitoring will continue into the future. The C8 Medical Panel decided to defer addressing this issue in order to concentrate on defining the protocol for initial screening and diagnostic testing.
In the near future, the C8 Medical Panel is expected to develop a form that class members and their physicians can use to seek reimbursement for medical monitoring included in the protocol.
The court has appointed Michael Rozen of Feinberg and Rozen to act as the Director of Medical Monitoring. Rozen will work with Brookmar, Inc. to develop the process and plan for implementation of the recommended medical testing program. Once a plan has been developed, impacted residents will receive additional notice on how to participate.
C8 Health Conditions Personal Injury Claims
People in the Mid-Ohio Valley who have been drinking C8 contaminated water and who have suffered from one or more of the C8 health conditions may also be eligible for personal injury claims.
To learn more about legal representation available to persons who believe they may have been affected by C8 contamination, please contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation and find out if you have a claim involving C8 and your health by calling 1-888-534-4850 or fill out a FREE CASE REVIEW FORM located on the top right hand side of the page.
Under the terms of the class action settlement agreement, the criteria for filing a personal injury claim is not based on an individual’s current place of residence. The class involves anyone who lived or worked within the contaminated water districts and consumed the water for a year or more prior to December 3, 2004.
Slater & Zurz LLP has partnered with Marietta, Ohio attorney Ethan Vessels to represent people victimized by C8 on an individual basis, NOT as part of a class action lawsuit.