A police officer says he inhaled a lot of ammonia gas and developed cancer.

In Hammond, Louisiana, a police officer has filed a lawsuit claiming that he developed cancer 10 days after being exposed to a large amount of ammonia gas.

In a Louisiana Record article, the police officer filed the lawsuit against a dairy farm and the associated businesses as well as the insurance and leasing companies.

The claim says that significant quantities of ammonia gas leaked from the dairy processing center or the distribution center on July 11, 2010. When the police officer arrived at the scene, he inhaled large amounts of the ammonia gas and had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for chemical burns to his mouth, nasal passages, lungs and trachea.

The lawsuit alleges that 10 days after the incident, the police officer discovered cancer in his lymph nodes, which according to the claimant metastasized from a small tumor on his tongue as a result of the chemical burns.

The lawsuit charges that the defendants failed to design and build the facilities in a proper and safe manner, and that it wasn’t operated and maintained properly.

The police officer is seeking damages for medical expenses, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, disability and disfigurement, loss of consortium, court costs and interest.

Source: Louisiana Record

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