$39.7 Million Verdict for Victim of Burn Injuries
Our firm represented a Texas worker who sustained life-threatening injuries in a dust fire and explosion at his place of work. After a three week trial, the jury awarded a record verdict of $39.744 million.
Attorneys Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis represented a Texas
worker who sustained catastrophic burn injuries after a dust fire and
explosion occurred at a Georgia-Pacific plywood plant in Corrigan, Texas.
The blast occurred due to multiple system failures. In 2004, Georgia-Pacific
had hired Aircon, Inc. to design and install the dust collection system,
which carried highly-combustible dust from an industrial sander to a baghouse
where filter bags would clear it from the air. GreCon, Inc. was responsible
for a spark detection and suppression system that worked in conjunction
with the dust collection system to help protect the baghouse.
Tragically, both systems failed on April 26, 2014. A fire in the system
resulted in sparks being sent through the ductwork of the plant; the systems
failed to prevent the ignition source from entering the baghouse. This
failure led to an explosion and deflagration, which engulfed out client
in flames. Despite the life-threatening nature of these burns, our clients
worked to alert emergency services of the explosion. He was only transported
via life flight helicopter to a Tier 1 burn unit after confirming that
his co-workers were on their way to treatment.
Our law firm took on the case and took it to trial, which lasted three
weeks. At that time, our client had already undergone seven surgical procedures
to treat his injuries; he was projected to receive multiple more due to
the severity of his injuries and his deteriorating condition. We fought
hard to demand justice for our client, arguing that the systems had failed
to meet industry standards and, in the case of the fire prevention system,
had been installed in an unsafe location. After deliberating, the jury
agreed and found both defendants negligent. The jury then awarded our
client damages for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement,
physical impairment, physical pain, and mental anguish. The verdict totaled