A Long Line at Nick Haney’s Law Office After Chevron Refinery Fire in Richmond, Calif.
Posted Aug 10, 2012 1:41 PM CST
By Martha Neil
Over 1,000 people lined up outside Nick Haney's law office in Richmond, Calif., on Wednesday, two days after smoke from a Chevron refinery fire enveloped the city.
Apparently drawn by two signs stating "Chevron Claims Filed Here," they likely will get perhaps a few thousand dollars from the oil company in compensation for claimed sore throats, nausea and psychological trauma, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Another 1,000 or so individuals went directly to Chevron, the article says.
Struggling to keep up with his potential clients, Haney sent five assistants down the line to get claimants to fill out paperwork and show proof they'd seen a doctor and says he plans to hire more staff.
Although some individuals are pursuing claims, others say their health is not for sale or aren't willing to take the time to pursue what they view as a relatively small amount of money, according to the Chronicle.
"I want enough money so we can move someplace with clean air," Monica Marquez, 28, told the newspaper as she waited in line outside Haney's office.
She said she and her four children have suffered from wheezing and headaches since the fire on Monday.