Record $39.744 Million Verdict Won for Dust Fire & Explosion Victim

Attorneys Kyle Findley, Kala Sellers, and Adam Lewis recovered a record $39.744 million verdict on behalf of a Texas worker who sustained life-threatening injuries during a catastrophic accident at the Georgia-Pacific plywood plant where he worked. Our client had been standing unknowingly near the source of the incident and was engulfed in flames during an explosion and deflagration. Despite the severity of his injuries, he only left the plant to receive medical care after confirming that his co-workers were on their way to treatment.

The Cause of the Incident

The explosion can be traced back to 2004 when Georgia-Pacific hired Aircon, Inc. to design and install a system that would help prevent fires at their plywood plant in Corrigan, Texas. The dust collection system was intended to carry highly-combustible dust from an industrial sander to a baghouse, where filter bags would be used to clear dust from the air. This was meant to work in conjunction with a spark detection and suppression system—designed and supplied by GreCon, Inc.—to prevent fires and sparks from entering the baghouse. Both of these systems utterly failed on April 26, 2014, resulting in the catastrophic incident that hurt our client.

Fighting for the Justice Our Client Deserves

By the time of the trial, our client had already experienced seven surgical procedures to treat his injuries—and that was only the beginning of it. He was also projected to receive multiple more in the future to care for his deteriorating skin and grafts. Knowing the uphill battle that our client was facing, our team was determined to ensure that he was properly compensated and that justice was served.

Over the course of three weeks, we pointed to the failures in the system, arguing that the dust collection system failed to meet numerous industry standards and that the fire prevention system had been installed in an unsafe location. After deliberating, the jury agreed and found both of the defendants (Aircon, Inc. and GreCon, Inc.) negligent of unsafe design and failure to warn the plant of related hazards.

They awarded a record verdict of $39.744 million to our client, awarding damages for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, physical impairment, physical pain, and mental anguish.

Committed to Our Clients. Proven in the Courtroom.

Throughout the process, our client had faith in the jury system, as well as the dedication of his team of attorneys. That faith was rewarded when the jury refused to accept the defendant’s excuses. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we are proud to have helped our client recover in the aftermath of this tragedy and are honored to have helped ensure he received the justice that he deserved. To learn more about the victories that our firm has won throughout the years, we encourage you to browse through our case results. You can also give us a call at (888) 493-1629 to schedule a free consultation or to get in touch with a member of our legal team.

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