Transcript for $87 Million Settlement for Family Poisoned by Pesticide on Vacation
Next tonight here, a major settlement after a family was poisoned on vacation. A pest control company agreeing to pay $87 million for using a banned chemical that left a father, mother and their teenage sons fighting for their lives. Here's ABC's Adrienne Bankert. Reporter: Tonight, the Esmond family agreeing to terms of that multi-million dollar settlement after being poisoned by a toxic chemical during a caribbean vacation in 2015. They're one of those families that everyone likes to be around, and it's just horrible. Reporter: The family of four fell ill at this luxury resort after the condo below them was fumigated with methyl bromide, a colorless, odorless gas. Steve Esmond and his two sons suffering paralysis, seizures and severe neurological damage. When it gets into the lungs, it actually damages the lungs such that they bleed internally. Reporter: While methyl bromide is not supposed to be used indoors, an EPA investigation found the spray had been used at the luxury resort before. The toxic substance was banned for resident shl U.S. In 1984. Despite the ban, the company still used the product. Reporter: The head of terminix parent company saying, "The incident was tragic and we deeply regret what happened." David, if a judge approves this settlement, then possible criminal charges will not be resumed. However, the resort could face some legal action. David? Adrienne, thank you.
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