A jury has returned a $1.72 million verdict in favor of a man who was severely injured in an industrial accident at BP America Inc.’s oil refinery plant in Texas City, Texas. The jury in Galveston County found Bridgeville, Pa.-based Maxim Crane Works liable for the worker’s injuries. The injured worker was supervising a job at the BP plant on January 18, 2006, when he was struck by an oil burner being lifted by a Maximum Crane Works crane operator.
The Plaintiff suffered crushing injuries to his ribs, back, neck and shoulder, and endured extensive surgeries to repair the damage. The verdict includes $300,000 in lost wages, $550,000 in medical expenses and $170,000 to the injured worker’s wife. Trial evidence showed that the crane operator lifted the oil burner without waiting on a signal from anyone that the area was clear, and also moved the crane boom in such a way that it was out of alignment with the load, contributing to the accident. The worker and his wife were represented by Arnold & Itkin lawyers Cory Itkin and Michael Pierce. They did a very good job.
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