$29,250,000 Jury Verdict – Wrongful Death
Shiver Hamilton represented the family of a 19-year-old who was tragically burned to death at a local recycling facility. The young man, who was employed by the defendant recycling company, was operating a front-end loader used to push scrap metal along the ground when gasoline ignited. The fire broke out next to a “puncher” that the defendant used to de-fuel old cars prior to recycling them in an automobile shredder. The litigation, which lasted several years, was very complex and hard fought. The defendant argued that it was immune from being sued as the young man’s employer. The defendant also asked the jury to place 100% of the blame on another employer who had violated company policy. After a trial in 2015 that lasted eight days, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the young man’s estate. The jury found the defendant company 100% responsible and awarded our client additional punitive damages to punish the defendant for the careless way it handled gasoline at the facility. The insurance carrier settled the case confidentially after the verdict was reached. We are honored that the young man’s family had trust in our firm and the courage to see the case through all the way to verdict.