A Greene County, Ala., jury awarded $1.5 million last month to a man who was shocked by low-hanging power lines in 2006. Ronald McCarter, 52, sued Black Warrior Electric after he was shocked while working for a paving company. The worker was helping to pave a portion of Alabama Highway 14 when the vehicle he was operating struck the lines, sending 7,600 volts of electricity through his right arm.
More than twice the amount of electricity that was used for the electric chair went into the man’s right hand and out of his right elbow. The Plaintiff can now only perform limited tasks with his right arm and is in constant pain. He wears a sleeve to reduce swelling and can no longer contract his hand. Two doctors testified at the trial that Mr. McCarter will suffer from pain for the rest of his life.
National codes require that power lines that carry that amount of voltage must be placed a certain height above the ground. According to evidence at trial this incident never would have happened if Black Warrior Electric had hung those lines at the proper height, maintained and inspected them. Black Warrior Electric is expected to appeal the decision. John McElheny and Vince Swiney, who are with Wettermark Holland & Keith, a very good Birmingham firm, represented the Plaintiff in this case and did a very good job.
Source: Tuscaloosa News
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