A blow-by-blow account of a landmark lawsuit by the chief attorney for the survivors of the '72 Buffalo Creek Disaster. The West Virginia mining catastrophe killed 125 people, mostly women and children: a massive dam used to filter waste water collapsed, unleashing a tidal wave of fetid, black filth that destroyed a seventeen-mile valley. Stern's lucidity and anger as he details the complex three-year legal strategies and maneuvers make for exceptional legal drama. He was determined to get not only compensatory but punitive damages--which required proving that the company was guilty of ""reckless and wanton"" acts, not just negligence. More critical still was the charge of ""psychic impairment"" to survivors. The unprecedented contention was that the people of Buffalo Creek had suffered a ""collective trauma"" which ""damages the bonds linking people to each other and impairs the prevailing sense of communality."" For this, Stem's prestigious Washington, D.C.,firm relied on Robert Lifton's work on survivors and hired--at a cost of $100,000--the Univ. of Cincinnati's Department of Psychiatry to interview some 600 plaintiffs. Pittston, parent company of Buffalo Creek Mining, offered $3 million; Stem demanded $32.5 million. Eventually the hard bargaining got a hefty $13.5 million settlement for what Pittston had originally called an ""Act of God."" It's one of those unusual, gratifying cases where righteous wrath and bulldog perseverance combined to get some justice for the powerless. Stem tells it with deserved pride.
It will then utilize those concepts to analyze the social effects of the Buffalo Creek flood, as described in the book â€œEverything In Its Pathâ€?, by Kai T.
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Through an extensive look into Kai Erikson’s piece on the events that took place in Buffalo Creek and the leading literature on pain it becomes clear that recognition and generalizability of victims pain an...
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Kai Erikson argues that the events of catastrophe such as the flooding of Buffalo Creek Virginia cause a syndrome which includes pains such as numbness, reliving of the event, familial loss, loss of community as well as many others.
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In this essay, a natural disaster is defined as a naturally occurring event that exerts adverse effects onto human society, including those caused by geological factors and infectious organisms.