Three more file suit against North Mac
CARLINVILLE (Feb. 1, 2018) – Monica Fulton, mother of minor M.F., Amy Turley, mother of minor D.J. and Georgie M. Brewer, guardian of minor A.D.T. have filed lawsuits against North Mac CUSD 34; Burgess and Son Plumbing and Heating, Inc.; Allied Design Consultants, Incorporated; Cochran and Wilken, Inc.; HDR Engineering, Inc.; HDR, Inc.; Henson Robinson Company; and Alpha Controls and Services, L.L.C., in connection with the Sept. 15, 2014, carbon monoxide leak that occurred at North Mac Middle School.
All three filed lawsuits through their attorneys, Nolan Law Group and Johnson Law Office.
The lawsuit joins several previously filed by teachers, staff, and students’ parents in the three years since the leak. Smith’s child was a student at the middle school at the time of the leak.
Fulton, Turley and Brewer are seeking a sum in excess of $50,000 from each of the defendants, plus attorney’s fees and costs of the suit.
Following the carbon monoxide leak, many students exhibited symptoms typical of exposure to the gas, including dizziness, headaches and vision trouble. Emergency response technicians from Macoupin, Montgomery and Sangamon counties arrived at the school to help students and adults; those suffering from the symptoms were given oxygen. A total of 181 students, faculty and staff were taken to hospitals for treatment; at the time, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield said 81 individuals, including 10 adults, were treated and released; 59 were treated at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, and another 40 were treated at Carlinville Area Hospital.
Buses took students to First Christian Church and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church while responders checked on those dealing with the carbon monoxide symptoms at the school. Classes continued at the district’s elementary and high schools in Virden on Sept. 15 but were canceled district-wide on the following two days.