Law changes statue of limitations for people exposed to toxic chemicals in NY

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A law is changing the statute of limitations for people exposed to toxic chemicals in New York.

The law is crucial to allowing those in Hoosick Falls to file personal injury lawsuits even if they were diagnosed with a PFOA linked medical issue years ago, or if they are diagnosed with one in the future.

“Cried tears of joy just thrilled for everybody,” Jed Donavan, Town of Hoosick Falls, said.

Jed Donavan and Loreen Hackett were elated when Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that will now allow those who have been exposed to toxic chemicals to file personal injury claims.

Hackett says for decades she drank the PFOA poisoned water in Hoosick falls and has been diagnosed with immune and bone diseases. She says she has studies to prove they’re linked to the toxic chemical.

“There’s one called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is the deterioration of the spine.”

Donavan drank contaminated village water for over five years. He has two PFOA linked illnesses.

“Let’s say we all decided to go and do something destructive to their property, we would be accountable then. We would face the music you know so it’s not like we’re going to be able to go get even.”

It could take years for lawsuits to play out, that’s why Hackett says something must be done now to help people pay for medical costs.

“Starting a fund through New York State, perhaps through a public health law, to help people recover some of the co-pays that they’re paying out now.”

Both say the law serves an important purpose.

“It serves a warning to all potential polluters to be very careful about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it.”

Hackett says she met with Senator Marchione on Friday to discuss a potential fund to pay medical costs now. No word on if that will happen.

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