A jury has awarded a Plaintiff, Carl Cotright, $14 million in his lawsuit, which arose out of the explosion of a tanker that blew up three years ago. Mr. Cotright was on that tanker and was burned over much of his body. He was on the tanker in April of 2007 just before it exploded. He was loading it with a flammable liquid when it ignited. By the time the Plaintiff realized what was happening, it was too late. Flames had already reached him and he was on fire.
The tanker was not grounded, which would have prevented the fire. The Plaintiff suffered second- and third-degree burns on his torso, arms and legs. He sued the Transport Company C & G Hot Shot Service. The company had offered to settle for $15,000 which was rejected. Jason Gibson, a lawyer based in Houston, represented the Plaintiff and did a very good job.
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