Railroad Accident With Electricity Injuries Changes Man’s Life, Results in Multi-Million Dollar Jury Award
Some of the most challenging and rewarding lawsuits that a Las Vegas personal injury attorney can handle are those where multiple, complex types of accidents are melded into a single event. One example would be when a motor vehicle defect leads to a Nevada automobile accident, and a recent case provides another: a railroad worker suffered a career-ending electric shock.
Nevada railroad accidents commonly involve train collisions or maintenance failures that result in derailed locomotives. In this regard, incidents of this nature frequently parallel the traumatic back or spinal cord injuries of car accidents or the massive destruction caused when commercial negligence leads to a mechanical or maintenance failure that compromises the integrity of the railroad track system. By contrast, Las Vegas electricity injuries typically occur in urban settings, such as when a defective product harms an unsuspecting consumer or faulty wiring causes an electric shock injury in a home or business.
In this case, a railroad worker suffered a massive electrical shock while attempting to repair a portion of the tracks. The worker had attached a metal clamp to the tracks and was in contact with them when his coworker, who was operating a vehicle with an elevated compartment (or “boom) accidentally directed the boom into an overhead power line. The worker on the tracks received a shock of some 7,500 volts that left his legs with nerve damage that will probably not heal in his lifetime.
The injured worker is no longer able to perform the job that had earned him nearly $60,000 a year to support his family. He also is slated for costly medical checkups that will continue for the indefinite future. To compensate him for his lost earnings, offset the cost of his additional medical costs, and attempt to make him whole again after this devastating injury, a jury award of some $2 million was given. If you have been injured on the job, harmed in a railroad accident, or have suffered an electrical shock due to another person’s or business’s negligence, contact our experienced Nevada personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.