Oil spills -tragic industrial accidents with wide-ranging consequences. Does that sound like one of today’s headlines? We’re all familiar with the pictures of devastating offshore and oil tanker spills in places like the Gulf Coast and northern Alaska waters, but a recent accident in Staples, Minnesota, released over 210,000 gallons of crude oil. What started out to be a routine pipeline repair resulted in an accident causing a massive release of crude oil.
In a bizarre scene reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz, in December of 2009 a peaceful wooded Minnesota property was transformed into a major construction site, and the property owners had to leave their home. More than 20 pieces of heavy equipment were brought in to deal with the spill, and excavations of a 290-foot trench nearly 20 feet deep and 30 feet wide deposited mounds of oil-contaminated soil on the edge of one Minnesota family’s property. Almost overnight both the spill and the machinery brought in to combat it drastically altered the landscape.
One unfortunate accident and this Minnesota family’s life was turned upside down. The compassionate, caring attorneys at Lord & Faris are working to help them obtain a settlement to appropriately compensate them for losses caused by this oil spill. In an accident such as this, although there may not be physical injury to someone’s body, there are losses nonetheless. This family’s life was disrupted, they had to leave their home temporarily through no fault of their own, and they are facing the possibility of a decrease in property value because of the soil contamination. There are other issues such as loss of use, emotional turmoil, there may or may not be physical injuries and other related damages.
While we recognize that no amount of money can undo what has occurred in these people’s lives, they are entitled to be compensated for what they have suffered. Just as they have brought their legal expertise and experience to countless other cases on behalf of their Minnesota neighbors, the lawyers at Lord & Faris will work tirelessly to see that these Minnesota property owners get the maximum settlement they are entitled to under the law.
If you or someone you know has been affected by an industrial accident resulting in chemical contamination of property such as the Staples oil spill, contact the law office of Lord & Faris. With three convenient Twin Cities offices to serve you, we’ll put all of our legal expertise to work on your behalf.
Call (612) 333-LORD for a free consultation today.
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