Kinston, NC (PRWEB) February 19, 2014
Whitley Law Firm is announcing that it is accepting cases for property owners and others along the Dan River who have been affected by Duke Energy’s coal ash spill that occurred in North Carolina on Feb. 2, 2014. The firm’s Raleigh personal injury lawyers are prepared to investigate and file claims on behalf of individuals whose property was damaged as a result of the spill, as well as on behalf of individuals who have become ill or injured because of the incident. Robert E. Whitley, Senior Partner of the Whitley Law Firm has been helping people throughout the state of North Carolina since 1974.
NBC News reported on the coal ash spill in an article titled “82,000 Tons of Coal Ash Spill From Plant Into North Carolina River” (first published on Feb. 6, 2013). According to the news story, coal ash was being kept in a waste pond at Duke Energy’s power plan in Eden, North Carolina when a storm-water pipe running below the pond sprung a leak. This resulted in about 82,000 tons of coal mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water being released into the Dan River, which is serves as a source of drinking water. NBC News noted that this is enough to fill more than 40 Olympic swimming pools. The coal ash involved in the spill may contain toxic chemicals that include arsenic, lead, mercury and radioactive uranium. Following the incident, regulators were working to determine the impact of the spill on people and wildlife in the area.
“Recent reports indicate this may be one of the largest coal ash spills in U.S. history,” said Attorney Benjamin Whitley, who is a partner at Whitley Law Firm. “Property owners may have claims against Duke Energy.”
When power plant accidents and other industrial accidents result in the release of dangerous chemicals into local water sources and the environment, innocent people can be negatively impacted through no fault of their own. Whitley Law Firm’s attorneys have the skills and resources to thoroughly investigate cases related to this coal ash spill and to help victims pursue full financial recovery for their losses, whether that is compensation for damaged property or compensation for medical bills. Property owners or other types of victims can get started on their cases by signing up for a free case evaluation one of the lawyers at Whitley Law Firm. More information about the firm is available at http://www.whitleylawfirm.com.