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$6M of Court Settlement Allocated to Support Rural Health Research in WV

A decade ago, the court case of William K. Stern, et. al. vs Chemtall, Inc., et al began. Plaintiffs in the case, which would eventually become a class action, were coal preparation plant workers and employees of waste water treatment facilities throughout West Virginia that had been exposed to dangerous chemical neurotoxins during regular work duties. The case sought compensation for medical monitoring.

In late December 2016, Judge David W. Hummel concluded the case with a court order and a settlement of more than $6 million. The funds from the settlement are designated to go to the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) at West Virginia University (WVU) and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health at Marshall University. Each institute received a check for $3,087,500 that was presented by Judge Hummel, as well as Attorney R. Dean Hartley of Hartley Law Group and other lawyers who acted as counsel for the extensive class case.

BRNI will use its portion of the settlement funds to benefit Alzheimer's disease research. It hopes to recruit a myriad of scientific experts, including engineers, physicists, and neuroscientists, to strengthen its research division and attract even more minds in the years to come. The funds will get this project off the ground and hopefully pave the way to an Alzheimer's cure one day.

Marshall University is slated to use the funds in rural health research and aid projects. In particular, many rural workers are largely isolated from innovative healthcare solutions due to location and occupation. The settlement money will help improve and promote the university's medical schools and encourage doctors and physicians to practice in the rural areas of West Virginia where residents need reliable healthcare now more than ever.

For more information about this exciting court settlement and the projects it will benefit, you can view a full article published by Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University by clicking here. If you would like the help of a West Virginia injury attorney from Hartley Law Group, feel free to contact us today and set up a free case evaluation.

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