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Beckley couple blames water company for wife's illness

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 4, 2018

BECKLEY — A Beckley couple is suing a local utility company, alleging violation of statutory obligations regarding manganese content in the water.

Linda D. Massimino and Leonardo R. Massimino filed a complaint March 8 in Raleigh Circuit Court against Beckley Water Company, alleging failure to supply treated water that is safe for its intended use.

According to the complaint, as a result of the defendant's negligence, Linda Massimino, who has lived 100 Forestview Drive, Beckley, for nearly 40 years suffered from dystonia, a neurological movement disorder and other toxicological effects of manganese poisoning. Leonardo Massimino said he suffered loss of consortium. 

The plaintiffs allege Beckley Water Company negligently supplied treated water with dangerously high levels of manganese.

The Massaminos seek trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, attorney fees and all further just and equitable relief. They are represented by attorneys Alex McLaughlin and Benjamin Adams of The Calwell Practice LC in Charleston.

Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 18-C-130

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