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Pest-control giant Terminix offers $87M settlement to family left paralyzed by fumes

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A Delaware family, injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation, will receive $87 million from pest-control giant Terminix.  

That is in addition to $3million it has paid to cover its insurance deductible.

Stephen Esmond became paralyzed in March 2015 soon after checking into a condo on St. John that was located above another unit in which Terminix exterminators had sprayed an odorless neurotoxin called methyl bromide.

His teenage sons remained in critical condition for weeks after the exposure. Ryan, the youngest, is paralyzed from the neck down with no control of his limbs, though he is aware of what has happened.

His older brother Sean was 'in and out of a coma', had no sensation in his limbs, and could not move his body.

The family's attorney says the boys are now conscious but can barely move. 

Before the accident, both were star athletes in their schools. Their father Steve, head of a private middle school in Wilmington, was paralyzed and 'must be strapped in to even sit'.

Now he suffers from tremors and can't speak well or turn the pages of a book.  The family attorney says, "Neurologically, it's like being in a torture chamber." 


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