An article published on philly.com discussed the revelations contained in the deposition of Jim Sullivan III. Sullivan is a Gloucester County real estate broker who acquired a contaminated building and rented it out as a day-care center.
The deposition revealed that Sullivan did not feel an environmental cleanup was necessary despite the fact that the building was once home to a thermometer factory with a history of mercury spills. Testing later revealed that the property contained hazardous vapors 27 times the acceptable limit. Mercury was also detected in cracks and crevices of the floors and ceilings.
Mercury and most of its compounds are extremely toxic and can be inhaled and absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes. Exposure to mercury vapors has been known to cause profound central nervous system effects. In children, the vapors have been known to cause neurological and kidney dysfunction.
The Kiddie Kollege Day Care center was closed on July 28, 2006 after New Jersey inspectors discovered the building’s new use. The building had been on the state’s toxic site list for years and had never had the environmental cleanups necessary to make it inhabitable again.
Class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the children and day care staff demanding payment from Sullivan and local and state government for medical testing.
Exposure to environmental toxins can have long reaching effects that are not always apparent on first examination. The Pennsylvania chemical exposure attorneys at Anapol Weiss consult with experts in the fields of medicine and industrial hygiene to help determine the cause and long-term effect of injuries from toxins. If you have been adversely affected by environmental toxins, we can assist you in evaluating your case. Contact our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Anapol Weiss today for a free consultation.