Mayflower Residents Affected by Oil Spill Turn to Attorneys for Answers

Mayflower Residents Affected by Oil Spill Turn to Attorneys for Answers

Mayflower residents meet with Little Rock attorneys to talk about legal options after oil spill.
"I had to get my mother out, and my sister's house wasn't equipped for her," Valerie Andrews said, sitting among other Mayflower folks.

Andrews is one of the evacuees from the Northwood subdivision, where the Exxon-Mobil Pegasus Pipeline spilled oil down the streets.

"Plus, I'm having to address her dementia and confusion over why am I here, instead of at our house." she added.

Andrews, understandably, has had little peace of mind in the past week and plenty of questions.

"A friend of mine meeting with her claim adjustor from Exxon was told there would be no pay for pain and suffering. Is that something that can be a claim in legal proceedings?"

Andrews' entire family was displaced during the oil spill last Friday, which marked the anniversary weekend of her father's death. In short, the oil spill ruined more than mere property.

"My daughter didn't have a birthday last year because my dad was in the hospital. We had a big birthday party planned but drove up to an oil spill in our front yard Friday," she said holding back tears. "So, no birthday again this year. No Easter. It's just been incredibly stressful."

Attorneys with Johnson & Vines and Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton law firms met with these Mayflower residents in Maumelle. The meeting was aimed at answering the crowd's questions, providing them with general information, and spelling out what their rights were after being affected by the rupture.

"The limited information they get from Exxon is not going to tell them the property damage and physical damage done to them," said Shawn Daniels of Hare, Wynne, Newell & Newton. "That's where we can step in and help."

It gets these people started on a long road of wanting answers.

"It will be a while before people know the extent of damage to property and to themselves," Daniels added.

While no payout will make up for what they've gone through, many like Andrews are leaving the meeting feeling better armed knowing there's someone willing to fight on their side.

"I just want them [Exxon]  to do the right thing," she said. "No amount of money is going to undo this."

Another town meeting, open to anyone who may have been impacted by the oil spill, will be held on Monday night at six at the Hampton Inn in Maumelle.
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