A jury has awarded $11 million to a man who was injured by a pipe casing that fell from an oilfield elevator. The verdict in favor of Eliazar Trevino Jr. came last month after a week-long civil trial in Ector County, Texas. The suit, arising out of the September 2009 accident, was filed against M&M Elevator Company. The casing ripped out nerves from the Plaintiff’s shoulder and neck. It was proved at trial that the elevator didn’t work properly, causing the casing to fall on the Plaintiff. M&M claimed that oilfield workers had failed to latch the elevator correctly. It also questioned why the Plaintiff was under the elevator when the accident happened. Obviously, the jury didn’t buy those arguments.
Source: Insurance Journal