Family Sues over Wal-Mart Construction Accident Death

Family Sues over Wal-Mart Construction Accident Death

The family of an Indiana man who died allegedly as a result of a construction accident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wal-Mart, and other companies, claming their negligence contributed to their injuries.

The lawsuit names Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the LaSalle Group, Inc., and Duke Energy as defendants. The Plaintiffs seek money damages, and request a jury trial on the behalf of Scott Sheldon, who died Oct. 13 at the age of 35 as a result of the injuries he sustained in the Wal-Mart construction accident.

The suit, filed by William Emerick, the Shelton family attorney, claims that Wal-Mart is liable for carelessness that contributed to the accident.

The Accident

According to the lawsuit, Shelton, under the employment of Electromation, Inc., was working on electrical lines with two other men on Aug. 26. During the course of the work, a piece of metal fell into a breaker box, charging the panels inside the room with nearly 12,000 volts of electricity. This resulted in the six- to eight- foot electric arc of electricity that started a fire, and engulfed all three workers in flames.

Shelton had been burned over 95 percent of his body, and remained comatose until his death at the Wishard burn center.

The two other burned men were Robert Eury, 29, from Bloomington, and Steve Abbot, 27, from Otterbein. They are still at the Wishard burn center in serious condition.

Shelton’s family seeks unspecified damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, future lost income, and compensation for his recently born daughter.

The suit claims that LaSalle, and Duke energy breached their duty to exercise reasonable care, and failed to provide the workers with safe working conditions.

The Abbot family also filed a lawsuit over the incident in October.

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