POSTED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 14, 2013 - 10:23pm
GEISMAR, LA (NBC33) — Two lawsuits have been filed less than 24 hours after an explosion at a Geismar plant killed two and injured just under 80 people. However, neither were filed by individuals who actually work at the Williams Olefins plant.
The first lawsuit was filed early Friday morning by a man who works at the nearby plant, BASF. The claim states that he was exposed to the smoke and chemicals created by the explosion and highlights Williams Olefins as the responsible party because they own the equipment that caught fire.
The petitioner claims that he is suffering medical related illnesses such as throat and sinus irritation, mental and emotional anguish caused by fear and fright.
Our news partner, The Creole, learned that a second lawsuit was also filed today and it includes three plaintiffs. It was filed in the 23rd Judicial Court for the Parish of Ascension. It was also filed by employees of the BASF plant.
Both suits are requesting that a class action be certified by the court, which occurs when the number of plaintiffs in the aftermath of a large event file numerous lawsuits.
For more information about the lawsuits, click here.