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$15,120,000 Recovery For Lineman Struck By Steel Cable

Recovery Amount: $15,120,000

Case Expenses: $370,767.36

Attorney Fee: 40%

On June 1, 2008, a 19-year-old man working as a lineman for a Houston mooring company was struck in the head with a steel cable while he, among other crew members, attempted to attach a 600-foot tanker to the Houston dock. Upon placing tension on the somewhat deteriorated cable, it ricocheted and hit the man with significant force. Scott C. Krist represented the man, who was now looking to sue the company for negligence under general maritime law.

Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury resulting in cognitive deficiencies that will forever impact his memory and concentration skills. He also sustained permanent weakness in both his left arm and leg and will be unable to continue working.

With his medical bills growing to nearly $300,000, our personal injury attorneys were driven to find justice for the man. Working tirelessly, they alleged that the company failed to properly inspect the steel cables prior to use. As trial appraoched, an agreement was reached and our client saw a successful recovery of $15,120,000. Expenses for this case totaled $370,767.36 with an attorney fee of 40%. This recovery was the second largest published maritime personal injury recovery in Texas history at that time.

*The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.