Lockheed Martin in Orlando Facing Personal Injury and Class-Action Lawsuits
On Monday, September 28th, 2020, a personal injury lawsuit and a class-action lawsuit were filed against the Lockheed Martin Corporation alleging that their Orlando manufacturing facility violated both local and federal laws by mismanaging the disposal of toxic waste products, which has led to the contamination of soil and groundwater. Additionally, employees of the company along with nearby Orange County residents, are now suffering from serious life-threatening illnesses which they believe have stemmed from the exposure to dangerous levels of chemicals and pollutants.
At the start of the week, attorneys with the Morgan & Morgan law firm in Orlando filed two lawsuits with the Middle District of Florida against aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) facility located at 5600 Sand Lake Road in Orange County. According to a description on the company’s website, this particular location employs over 8,000 people and “is a recognized designer, developer and manufacturer of precision engagement aerospace and defense systems for military customers that include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and dozens of foreign allies.”
Filed on the behalf of 13 employees from The Golf Channel who work across the street from the corporation’s MFC branch, the personal injury lawsuit from Morgan & Morgan alleges that due to the mismanagement & mishandling of dangerous waste products on the part of Lockheed Martin, workers from the popular sporting network have been exposed to extremely toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Many of these individuals are now suffering from a barrage of life-threatening medical ailments & issues, most of which do not have a particularly positive outcome. The class-action lawsuit involves residents and other workers in the area who share similar allegations in regards to how they believe their health has been compromised by the negligence of Lockheed Martin.
The lawsuit alleges that “Lockheed Martin may have stored toxins in leaking storage tanks, collected and transported waste materials in leaking underground piping systems, and dumped thousands of tons of highly toxic waste sludges into trenches dug throughout the Orlando Facility. Lockheed Martin knew, or should have known, that because of the dangerous constituents present in the soil and groundwater, and the high levels of contamination present in the soil and groundwater, individuals exposed to these toxins, like our clients, would suffer severe and debilitating illnesses,” according to an in-depth statement released to multiple Florida media outlets from representing lawyers at Morgan & Morgan.
Local news outlets have reached out to Lockheed Martin for a response to the allegations, but the company remained silent due to their policy that prohibits any discussion about ongoing litigation.
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James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.