Manufacturers agree to pay Gulf Coast hurricane victims sickened by formaldehyde
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — Nearly two dozen mobile home manufacturers have agreed to pay Gulf Coast hurricane victims who say they were sickened by formaldehyde in the evacuation trailers.
Under the terms of the settlement the manufacturers will pay out a total of $14.8 million to the thousands of evacuees.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who lived in trailers after being left homeless by Gulf Coast Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, say their clients suffered from illnesses ranging from respiratory irritation to more serious problems.
The number of claims could range between 10,000 and 20,000 depending on how many people respond.