HO&P REPRESENTING FAMILY OF MAN ELECTROCUTED DUE TO EXPOSED ELECTRIC SERVICE CONNECTOR

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by Michael Heygood

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is currently pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of surviving family members of a man who was tragically electrocuted while repairing a roof in Arlington, Texas.   While working on the roof, the man made bodily contact with an uninsulated, energized connector at the electrical service entrance.  As a result, he was killed.

The lawsuit alleges that this connector should not have been exposed and should have been encased in an insulating cover, which was missing at the time of the incident.  Covers for such connectors serve a vital purpose in that they prevent homeowners and other third-parties from coming into contact with energized connectors.  The electrical shock that one can receive from an exposed connector can cause severe injury and even death.

The lawsuit alleges that Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC was negligent because:

a. Oncor failed to use a cover to insulate the connector;

b. Oncor improperly installed the cover on the connector;

c. Oncor used a cover on the connector that it should have known would not withstand normal weather/environmental conditions in Texas;

d. Oncor used a cover on the connector that did not have proper insulating characteristics;

e. Oncor used a cover on the connector that it should have known would fail prematurely and/or detach from the connector;

f. Oncor failed to use electrical tape to insulate the connector;

g. Oncor failed to inspect the service entrance;

h. Oncor failed to implement and execute an inspection program for covers;

i. Oncor failed to implement and execute a maintenance program for residential service entrances and covers;

j. Oncor failed to properly test the covers that it uses on its system;

k. Oncor failed to properly train its employees, contractors, and agents to properly install covers;

l. Oncor failed to implement and execute a reasonable program for monitoring failures of covers;

m. Oncor failed to act as an ordinary and reasonable electric service provider would act.

The lawsuit also alleges that the cover was defective because it malfunctioned and did not perform as intended and designed.   More specifically, the cover (a) failed to withstand normal weather/environmental conditions in Texas; (b) detached prematurely from the connector; and/or (c) deteriorated.  As a result, the cover was unreasonably dangerous and therefore the lawsuit also alleges claims against those responsible for designing, manufacturing, assembling, selling, marketing, and/or supplying the cover.

The lawsuit seeks to recover all damages the deceased and survivors suffered as a result of this tragic incident.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident that was someone else’s fault, please contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free case evaluation.