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On January 7, 2014 The Harpootlian Law Firm and The Louthian Firm Accident & Injury Lawyers filed a complaint in the Spartanburg Division of The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, on behalf of the citizens of Cannon’s Campground seeking relief from health and environmental dangers posed by groundwater and surface water contamination emanating from the “Hoechst-Celanese” manufacturing plant in Spartanburg South Carolina.

Bert Louthian, a personal injury attorney of The Louthian Firm Accident & Injury Lawyers, and another Columbia attorney, Graham Newman of the Harpootlian Law Firm, are representing the citizens and residents of the Cannon’s Campground community.

As public information about this case becomes available, we will share with you here. In the meantime, if you would like to request more information about these claims, please contact us.

This case was resolved by way of a confidential settlement agreement in March 2016.

LAST UPDATED: 3/2014Placing an elderly or disabled loved one in a nursing home is already a difficult decision. You may have already struggled with the choice, only to find out they’ve suffered some mistreatment. That leaves them suffering and in need of experienced legal help, and it leaves you seeking to report the abuse and get answers for your family.

Fortunately, you can sue for nursing home abuse in South Carolina. To make your claim a success, you may need to speak with a dedicated nursing home abuse lawyer from The Louthian Firm Accident & Injury Lawyers about your claim and your next steps toward compensation.

Who’s Liable for South Carolina Nursing Home Abuse?

When a loved one has suffered nursing home abuse, you may be at first focused on determining who injured them. They may have suffered abuse by the staff of the nursing home. But the individuals on the staff of the nursing home may not be financially liable for the injuries your loved one suffered. They may instead be the fault of the nursing home’s owners.

Those who supervise and own the nursing home are responsible for injuries on the property. While a resident may have been injured by a specific nurse, the nursing home is liable for the costs. They hired the nurse and may have been negligent in the hiring process. Your lawyer can even help you determine whether this nursing home has a history of abuse complaints, which can help you strengthen your claim.

Compensation for Nursing Home Abuse Victims

Your family may need compensation to overcome the suffering your loved one experienced, but you may be unsure where to begin. Your loved one’s injuries may be serious, they still need round-the-clock care, and they’ve suffered through a traumatizing experience. How do you put a price tag on that experience?

Your nursing home abuse lawyer can help you seek compensation for all the ways the abuse has caused a negative affect on your loved ones life. The damages awarded to compensate your losses are typically classified as economic or non-economic damages.

Your economic damages should cover the financial impacts of your loved one’s nursing home abuse. That means their medical bills, costs associated with care, and other expenses should not be paid out of your pocket. The at-fault party should cover them.

Non-economic damages include all the intangible suffering your loved one experienced. These damages depend on the severity and impact of the abuse. For example, your loved one may have suffered bed sores. Because this condition can be so painful, they may be due compensation for their pain and suffering, which your lawyer can help you calculate.

Connect with a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer

When a family member has suffered abuse by the people who should protect them, you may need to take legal action. But you may not have the resources and knowledge to get the compensation they’re due for their suffering.

That’s where the lawyers at The Louthian Firm Accident & Injury Lawyers can help. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible for a South Carolina nursing home abuse lawsuit, start with a free consultation. We’ll discuss your options and how you can get the compensation you’re due for your family’s suffering. Call 803-592-6231 or fill out the following online contact form to learn more about your options.

Hoechst Celanese Corporation, HNA Holdings Inc. and CNA Holdings

Def. Motion to Dismiss [PDF]

Memo in Support of Motion to Dismiss

Memo in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

CBS Report: Shadow of Sickness – Community Wants Answers on Cancer Rate

Notice Letter: Analysis of Well

Notice of RCRA Citizens Lawsuit

Ashland, Inc. [Defendant] Documents

Def. Ashland Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss

Memo in Support of Motions to Dismiss

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

LeClercq v. The Lockformer Company

Roper v. Tap Pharmaceutical Products

Additional Motions to Dismiss Filed by Celanese Defendants

Auriga Polymers Inc.’s and Indorama Ventures USA Inc.’s Motion to Dismiss

Hercules Incorporated’s Motion to Dismiss

Motion to Dismiss by Johns Manville & Memo in Support

Motion to Dismiss of Invista and Arteva Specialties

Toxin-Tainted Community Taking Industrial ‘Giant’ to Court

“The neat, modest homes of Cannon’s Campground and Bellview Acres conceal tales of frustration and heartbreak. As Lisa Nielsen drives through the community she grew up in, she points to the homes of old friends and their families and recites their tales of sickness and death. Carcinoma, leukemia, kidney tumors — dozens of homes have a story, and very few have happy endings.” – Read Full Article

Cannon’s Campground community testing groundwater

“Not satisfied with assurances from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control that residual groundwater contamination from a former polyester fiber plant in Spartanburg poses no risk to public health, residents in the Cannon’s Campground community are taking matters into their own hands.” – Full Article in GoUpstate.com


Pursuant to 42 U.S.C.A. § 6972 the undersigned members of the Cannon’s Campground community and neighboring areas located in Spartanburg County hereby serve public notice of an imminent and substantial endangerment to health or the environment due to improper handling, storage, treatment, transportation or…” – View Full Notice [PDF]

Class Action Suit Filed Against Upstate Polluter

“Remember the Hoechst-Celanese plant in Upstate, S.C.? Of course not … it’s been a long time since it’s been on the public radar. As many as three dozen people may have died as a result of pollution associated with the plant – most of them succumbing to various forms of cancer. Not only that, the contamination may have caused lasting environmental damage to the area – as well as communities located downstream from the location of the plant.” – Read Full Article

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