Fracking Meets Medical Monitoring

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We have posted before about medical monitoring claims, and recently noted how plaintiff attorneys have cast their eyes on hydraulic fracturing operations as a new source of revenue.

Now let's see how they combine: some Pennsylvania residents are suing various drilling companies over hydraulic fracturing operations, alleging that such operations have increased their risk of future disease such that they need medical monitoring. Fiorentino v. Cabot Oil & Gas Co., et al., No. 3:09-cv-02284 (M.D. Pa.). Plaintiffs seek a medical monitoring trust fund, paid for by the drillers.

The case is in the discovery stages, and defendants, logically, are seeking medical records of the plaintiffs. Those not familiar with medical monitoring may wonder why medical records would be relevant regarding those plaintiffs who do not allege a traditional present physical injury but only the risk of future injury. Indeed, plaintiffs earlier this month filed a motion seeking to block defendants from obtaining the medical records.

However, defendants correctly point out in response that, in Pennsylvania, plaintiffs must prove all of the following elements to succeed on a claim for medical monitoring...

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