We purchased a home next door to a piece of property that had been a gas station about twenty years prior. When the tanks of the gas station were dug up in the 1990s, an ongoing leak was discovered that had contaminated the soil and groundwater under that property. The County had ordered a cleanup of the soil of that property, and when we purchased the home we were told the cleanup had been completed. About a year and half later, my husband came down with encephalitis, while I continued to experience fertility issues. At that time when a new potential buyer of the next door property wanted to purchase the land (that was said to have been cleaned up), the County ordered more testing of the soil and groundwater next door and on our property, to make sure the cleanup had indeed worked. Just the opposite was revealed by the new testing with the contamination having spread to the soil and groundwater under our property. We got in contact with Mr. Young at that point and he directed us perfectly as to the next steps to take. During this initial time working with Mr. Young the County ordered the first indoor air sampling at the property - which showed elevated levels of benzene, toluene, hydrocarbons, and a host of other chemicals. Mr. Young filed a lawsuit on our behalf, against the owner of the former gas station and ExxonMobil, for personal injury and property damage.
Mr. Young was able to make such a situation into as positive an experience as possible for us throughout every stage of our case. The subject matter of our case was rather complicated, and he consistently provided us with detailed updates and answers to our questions in a timely and thorough manner. He continually and meticulously researched every potential angle of our case, exploring all avenues for information, and kept us informed at each turn what he discovered, as well as its potentially different implications. We felt totally confident and comfortable with his ability, interest and motivation to see our case come to a good conclusion. Mr. Young is very personable, good-humored, sensitive and also firm when needed. He served as both attorney and friend at many different times throughout the process.
The case was settled before trial. In final settlement negotiations, Mr. Young advocated for our wishes and his own that he felt were needed to reach satisfactory closure. We have the utmost respect and appreciation for the way Mr. Young handled our case.