A jury has awarded $21 million to an Omaha man in a trial in Douglas County, Neb. The Plaintiff, Tim Bacon, had sued for injuries he suffered as a result of the failure of a product manufactured by DBI/SALA. The ironworker had been injured in a 2003 construction accident at the Qwest Center in Omaha after a piece of construction material fell and struck his self-retracting lifeline. He fell one story onto the floor below.
As a result of his fall, Bacon suffered a burst fracture of his thoracic spine that severely severed his spinal cord, and he was instantly paralyzed. Suit was filed against DBI/SALA, the manufacturer of the self-retracting lifeline, alleging that the line was defective because of insufficient warnings. Representatives from DBI/SALA acknowledged that the lifeline could fail if struck, but the company never warned users of that hazard. After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of $21,131,633 in the Plaintiff’s favor. Robert Pahlke and Robert Hippe, who are with the Robert Pahlke Law Group in Scottsbluff, and Britany Shotkoski, who is with Harris Kuhn Law firm in Omaha, represented Bacon in the trial. They did a very good job for their client.
Source: Star Herald
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