Man Awarded $40M in Spinal Cord Injury

Man Awarded $40M in Spinal Cord Injury

A man in Denver, Colorado recently reached a settlement in his spinal cord injury suit against Qwest after one of their utility poles collapsed.

The man, who was working as an apprentice lineman with Xcel Energy, had climbed the pole, owned by Qwest, to work on phone lines and fell 25 feet to the ground when it collapsed, suffering severe spinal cord injuries.

Maintenance of Pole Questioned

When Andy Blood, who was 27 at the time of the accident, filed suit against Qwest he claimed the company failed to inspect or repair the pole, which was built in 1957.

The utility pole reportedly broke because of deterioration, decay, and due to the rotting of the wood inside of it.

Qwest allegedly had no written practices or procedures for the inspection of their wood utility poles.

Settlement Reached

As a result of the collapse, Blood suffered severe back injuries and is now a paraplegic.

His attorneys, William L. Keating and Michael O’B Keating say that the $40 million settlement is fitting considering Blood’s past and future medical bills, loss of wages, and the loss of enjoyment of life.

(Source: The Jere Beasley Report)

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