Alamosa: Salmonella outbreak lawsuits

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From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide):

The Marler Clark law firm out of Seattle, Wash., is handling most of the 40-plus claims for damages ranging from $100 to $1 million that the city received last year. None of the claims have yet turned into a lawsuit but claimants have up to two years from the March 2008 incident to file a lawsuit. The claims being handled by Marler Clark, in addition to a $1 million claim from Velasquez’s widow, involve claims for 14 minor children and seek upwards of $50,000 in damages per claimant.

Five other claims were submitted from folks not represented by Marler Clark – two family claims and three business losses attributed to the water crisis…

[City Attorney Erich Schwiesow] said in talking with the lead attorney on the phone recently, the attorney told Schwiesow he hoped the city would look at the information the firm had sent the city and think about paying off some of these people. “I told him I did not believe there’s negligence on the part of the city,” Schwiesow said. He said the attorney suggested otherwise…

In a drinking water report from the City of Alamosa this week the city told citizens that the new water treatment plant put into service last year to meet new arsenic standards and an ongoing enhanced testing program of Alamosa’s municipal supply would ensure that an outbreak like salmonella will not occur again. “The source of the contamination has not been determined and the investigation continues [to] identify possible ways in which it could have occurred,” the city report stated.

More Coyote Gulch coverage here.

2 Responses to Alamosa: Salmonella outbreak lawsuits

  1. “I told him I did not believe there’s negligence on the part of the city”

    I’d really like someone to explain to me how they even remotely think the city isn’t responsible for high levels of pollutants in the water… what a joke.

    • coyotegulch says:

      I think they are saying that there was no negligence on the part of the city since the source of the salmonella hasn’t been determined. Alamosa certainly accepted responsibility for wiping out the outbreak including continued chlorination of the water supply to prevent another outbreak.

      Thanks for commenting.

      John Orr

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