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Justice for my family

 Justice for my family.

In late October 2004 a smell of oil was noticed at 11, Castle Court, Cookstown. We brought in an engineer who tested the burner, oil tank and all lines between the two and found no evidence for the smell.  This seemed disappear during the spring and summer of 2005 but both of our families when visiting the house commented on a smell of oil in the air, we could not smell it ourselves but had we become tolerant to living in it all the time?  

During the autumn of 2005 the smell returned stronger, on advice we contacted our insurance company Churchill Insurance, then Cookstown District Council Enviromental Heath Department and an independant loss adjuster.  

Shortly afterwards, while we were still living in the property, Stephen Hollinger from AES Marconi Limited, an enviromental specialist agency, employed by Crawford & Co Loss Adjusters, did an extensive site survey of air particle pollution in our home.  When this report was completed Martin & I on advice from Ruairi O’Donnelly from Crawfords Loss Adjusters and Mr. Darren Marks from Claim Solutions  moved out of the property at the beginning of November 2005 as the property was deemed to be uninhabitable and extremely dangerous to human health.

Remidiation commenced on the property in early 2006, completion date was given as September 2006. Our loss adjuster Darren Marks from Claims Solutions explained that the property was fully remediated in late September 2006, but we were to remain out of the property a further six week while soil and air sampling took place.  These samples were taken for three reasons: 1) to estimate how long the contamination of oil had been in the ground (this was for the purpose of insurance as our insurance company who needed to know if they were liable for the remediation costs), 2) to try and locate source and 3) to ensure that all oil had been remediated properly as to prevent this happening again and make the home a safe enviroment to live in.  We found this to be a very stressful time, and were grateful for the involvement of Ms. Geraldine Doogan, who assisted us every step of the way.

We were delighted to return to our home in November 2006 ensured that everything was properly done and the home was again safe to inhabit and trusting the fact that this was the case.

In March 2007 Martin started to feel unwell, which, unfortunately, was only the beginning. Please take time to read the overview of that ongoing journey in the ‘health window’.

Just when you think things cannot get any worse, and as Martin’s health deterioted further, the smell of oil returned to Castle Court.  With a 9 month old baby to consider by then the vacation of the property was swift, AES Marconi came to the property on Friday  3rd of October 2008 and installed a extractor fan under our house.  In October 2008 AES Marconi carried out another air quality assessment and to our dismay we discovered that the contamination seemed to have returned.

A site meeting was held at the house when the results of the assessment were given.  Those in attendance were Mr. Colin Mc Knight from Crawford & Co, Churchill Insurance Loss Adjusters representatives in Northern Ireland,  Ms. Emma Stewart from Cookstown Enviromental Health Department and a local consellor Mr. Tony Quinn.   At this meeting, to our shock and disbelief when pressed Mr. Mc Knight revealed  that the source of the contamination in 2005/2006 had NEVER been found.  Given the nature of the our now situation and the extent of the remediation two years previously this came as a great dissappointment to us both and our reaction was that we would not return to the property until the source of the contamination was found, I explained that “I did not care if the source was in the Sperrin Mountains they would have to find it”, to this he replied that “he agreed with me” and witnessed by all those present.

Christmas 2008 saw the first of two air sampling surveys conducted at 11, Castle Court, White Young & Green (WYG) Limited, instructed by AES Marconi Limited, carried out a bubble test with aparatus set up in the living room, the kitchen, the downstairs toilet and upstair main bedroom.  In the New Year these results determined the property was safe to live in.  

Two months passed with no confirmed return date to the property, during which Martins health got to the point that his immune system was on the verge of collapse and he was no longer able to work.  

On the 25th April 2009, Geo Whiteford Services, under the instruction of Crawford & Co, Churchill Loss Adjusters, carried out another air sampling survey.  Results were not immediately made available, only when questioned on 23rd June 2009, Crawfords revealed that the house was safe to return to.  Rent had not been paid for June for our rented accommodation, although we had several confrontations with our landlord regarding late rent payments the rent always was paid, however, Crawfords thinking we had returned home at the beginning of the month refused to pay the rent for June and told us to return to our home immediately as rent for June would not be paid, however, through consultation with Colin Mc Knight rent for June was agreed.

This, however, did not calm our fears, we felt that no matter how many air sampling tests were carried out our home was not safe without our inital concern of the source being found not dealt with.  At this time we had no option but to contact Churchill Insurers directly.  Our inital correspondence was greated with sympthy but we were told that we could carry out other surveys but at our own expense.  On 6th July 2008, Martin contacted Rebecca Rodgers, our case consultant, threatening to expose the procedures undertaken thus far by all parties into the public domain.  She expressed her concern and promised to review the case, we were then told that Questgates Limited would become the new loss adjusters acting on their behalf, and the new remediators would be RAW Consultants.  How strange????

This is were the plot thickens, on extensive examination of the property  oil was discovered.  On speaking to Brian Doyle, of RAW Consultancy, we were astonished to learn of the extent of the contamination both in, what he called, “new oil” and “old oil”. At last, someone had listened to our plight and it was discovered that we were quite right not to move back home. What a disaster we averted.

During this procedure from July 2009 to the present date, we have found all concerned with the case i.e Rebecca Rodgers, Churchill Insurers, David Waller, Questgates Limited and Brian Doyle, RAW Consultants very professional in every way.  The same however cannot be said for Nolene Mc Kenna, Crawford & Co or Colin McKnight, Crawford & Co or Enviromental Health Department, Cookstown District Council who have been obstructive and unhelpful thoughout the nine month period from October 2008 – June 2009.  

Crawford & Co have been asked to supply the test results from the previous spill in 2005/2006 to aid Martins medical investigation and to help to understand the history of the property, to date, despite legal and personal intervention these results have not been forthcoming, affectively leading to Martins medical treatment being stopped in December 2009 as no diagnosis can be given without this critical information.  You cannot help but wonder what have they got to hide?  

Up to date now, on 25th February 2010, Rebecca Rodgers @ Churchill Insurers contacted Martin and explained that 11, Castle Court, would be available to return to as of 31st March 2010 as remediation was almost complete and that rent would not be paid to our landlord beyond this date.  When Martin expressed his deep concern regarding the issue of source (which has not yet been determinded for a second time) and that returning to the property while this still was a mystery would not be considered, Ms Rodgers asked him was he going to live with relatives if we were not returning home.  This is the second time this pressure has been put on us a family, with Eoin who is only 2 years old, Martin with ill heath and no solutions, how do they expect us to return home without the guarantee that this will not happen a third time, remembering that we trusted the first time, only to be moved out a second, do they really expect us to trust a second time and be moved a third time?????

On the reading this we hope that you can see that this has been a traumatic experience for us.  We cannot believe, on looking back, that our home has been destroyed twice, our lives devastated twice, and now they expect us to return to the property with no guarentee that it might happen to us a third time????

We would value your opinion, put yourselves in our shoes and tell us what would you do next?

This family have been enduring years of mistreatment and misery due to corporate greed. The last 6 years have seen them put out of their home, so they could tear it apart to extract oil from the grounds and foundations. Then moved back in to discover 2 years later that they had never found the source (despite a year of tearing up their home and garden), hadn’t cleared it out properly, hadn’t sealed the foundations (despite expert recommendations), and moved this family back in fully aware of the chance of reoccurrence and the potential health risks. 

This time risk and potential became reality and horror… now out of their home for the second time for two and a half years now, it has been an horrific ordeal that has seen Martin’s health decline drastically with multiple illnesses been dismissed one after the other leaving one very definite suspected cause – TOXIC POISONING! It gets worst, the reason that this remains only ‘suspected’ is due to the refusal of Churchill and their corporate associates to release soil samples from the site that is crucial for confirmation of Martin’s condition, the treatment needed and his ability to pursue help through the NHS. Why would they refuse to release these despite being asked repeatedly? Could it be they are hiding something? Could it be that the sample contains exactly what is suspected – proof of the level of toxicity present in this house that they assured a family was safe to live in and proof of their neglect and disregard for the welfare of these people. Have they deliberatly decided to put their wealth before his health!?

Now unable to work and unable to pursue support because of the unbelievable circumstances he finds himself in Churchill may believe they have him exactly where they want him… time for an offer bordering on the ridiculous which he is told is non-negotiable and furthermore CHURCHILL WILL NOT SUPPORT HIS RENTED HOUSE UNTIL HE ACCEPTS IT! If that is not BLATANT BULLYING what is? Now on the brink of homelessness at the discretion of a landlord who is put in the incredibly unfair position of keeping a roof over Martin, his wife and young child’s head at his cost or putting them on the street because of bullying tactics by the corporate hounds.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Show your support for this family and their hardships here and in the upcoming campaign for justice and fair treatment of these local people! Don’t let the Corporate Bullies get away with this blatant disregard and abuse of their life, home and happiness…

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This account of Martin Wallace health issues follow his family being moved out of their home in November 2005 due to oil contamination that made it ‘ uninhabitable and extremely dangerous to human health’. They were then moved back in in November 2006 assured that the problem was solved and their home was safe. This however was only the beginning of an horrific ordeal for this family, full details of the ‘ins and outs’ of this home can be read in the ‘home window’.

In March 2007 Martin began to feel unwell with a blockage in his throat, after attending the hospital several times it was discovered that he had raised lymph glands and lymph nodes in his chest.  Martins symptons included difficulty swallowing, cold night sweats, bowel discharge, energy loss leading to extreme fatigue, and a feeling of all day nausea and sickness.  Three possible diagnosises were given at this time Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, TB and Sarcoidosis.  On visiting Mr. Windrum @ Antrim Area Hospital Haematolgy Unit, it was suspected that Martin may have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Martin attended the unit to get bloods taken, weight checked and scans performed.  During this time the lymph glands and nodes in Martins chest did not increase in size so while promising to monitor his condition he forwarded him to Mr. Donnelly of the Respitory Unit in Antrim Area Hospital.  Martins health continued to deterioate with several infections inflicting his everyday life.  While attending Mr. Donnelly, Martin also attended appointments in the Waveney Hospital in Ballymena to see Mr. Valco in the ENT unit.  Also, on the referral of Mr. Donnelly, Martin attended the Gastric Unit of Antrim Area Hospital, under the consultantation of Mr. Byrne, this decision was taken as Martin was still suffering with discharge from the bowel.

Under all these consultants Martin was subjected to several biopsie procedures, these included lung, bowel (upper and lower) and lower intestines.  With Martins already ill health these procedures took their toll and nothing conclusive was discovered.

Just when you think things cannot get any worse, and as Martin’s health deterioted further, the smell of oil returned to Castle Court.  With a 9 month old baby to consider by then the vacation of the property was swift, AES Marconi came to the property on Friday  3rd of October 2008 and installed a extractor fan under our house.  In October 2008 AES Marconi carried out another air quality assessment and to our dismay we discovered that the contamination seemed to have returned.

A joint decision had been made by Martins hospital consultants that the only way to try and get answers to his condition was to open his chest and biopsy his lymph glands and nodes  ‘this procedure was highly intrusive and dangerous but jointly they felt they had no other option as his health continued to decline and his lymph glands had now raised for the second time.  

The procedure carried out in the City Hospital, Belfast under the consultation of Mr. Mc Grath, took place in November 2008.  The results revealed to our delight that Martin did not have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma but had carbon dust present in his lymph glands, Mr. Mahood the consultant asked us if Martin had worked in a coal shed, a smokey bar or anything to do with enviromental toxins.  None of the above could be connected, but we were back to square one as his health continued to deteriote.

Christmas 2008 saw the first of two air sampling surveys conducted at 11, Castle Court, White Young & Green (WYG) Limited, instructed by AES Marconi Limited, carried out a bubble test with aparatus set up in the living room, the kitchen, the downstairs toilet and upstair main bedroom.  In the New Year these results determined the property was safe to live in.  

Two months passed with no confirmed return date to the property, during which Martins health got to the point that his immune system was on the verge of collapse and he was no longer able to work.  He also had a further two bowel biopsies, one in the Mid Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt and one a couple of weeks later in Antrim Area Hospital, Antrim to try and establish a reason why he  was still discharging from his bowel, again nothing conclusive was found.  This second procedure reaked havoc on Martin and he was admitted to hospital once more due to complications.

On the 25th April 2009, Geo Whiteford Services, under the instruction of Crawford & Co, Churchill Loss Adjusters, carried out another air sampling survey.  Results were not immediately made available, only when questioned on 23rd June 2009, Crawfords revealed that the house was safe to return to.

This, however, did not calm our fears, we felt that no matter how many air sampling tests were carried out our home was not safe without our inital concern of the source being found not dealt with.

When Churchill were spoken to directly and the possibility of bringing the ordeal into the public domain was raised they re-opened the investigation but with an entirely different loss adjusters and remediators. Who found what they referred to as ‘new oil’ and ‘old oil’ and contamination that meant the house was NOT SAFE to move back in.

Crawford & Co have been asked to supply the test results from the previous spill in 2005/2006 to aid Martins medical investigation and to help to understand the history of the property, to date, despite legal and personal intervention these results have not been forthcoming, affectively leading to Martins medical treatment being stopped in December 2009 as no diagnosis can be given without this critical information. You cannot help but wonder what have they got to hide?

Martin’s health issues are still ongoing, samples still have not been provided to aid in his treatment. All of these health issues, the cause of which seem to be obvious, combined with the unbelievable stress are unthinkable to inflict on any human being in the name of saving money and avoiding responsibilities.

by Martin Wallace

  • THIS GROUP WAS SET UP TO HIGHLIGHT A TERRIBLE WRONG.

    AND TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF THIS FAMILIES SUFFERING.

    ALL AT THE HANDS OF HORRENDOUS CORPORATE GREED.

  • About Justice For My Family !

The unbelievable mistreatment of the Wallace family from Cookstown, Co. Tyrone at the hands (or greedy paws!) of Churchill Insurance and their parent company RBS. This family are now left without a home, serious health problems and an horrific 6 years all at the hands of Churchill Insurance. For the full unbelieveable story please visit the webpage: www.justiceformyfamily.com

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Justice For My Family

Category

Public Advocacy

Civil Rights and Liberties

Cause Created on

April 13, 2011

Founder

Michael Glackin

POSTED ON BEHALF OF : Martin Wallace & HIS FAMILY.

About Kevin Meehan

About Me I studied for six months training and became certified in Exam 070-271 in May 2010 and shortly after that became certifed in Exam 070-272. I scored highly in both Exams and hope to upgrade my path to M.C.S.A. ( Server Administrator ) in the near future.I also hold Level 2 Qualifications in three subjects Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Spreedsheets. I have also expereance with Web Design using Microsoft Front-Page.

Posted on December 9, 2011, in TAKE A STAND FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, WORTHWHILE CAUSES and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Something has to be done !,this family have suffered long enough .we all need to get our heads out the sand and start helping .A x

  2. This is sick and something need to be done about this, this family have suffered enough they don’t to lose there home to.

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