16 Nov Rocky Avery v. Power Company and Cable Company
Jefferson County Circuit Court Settlement of $500,000
On October 15, 2009, Rocky Avery was struck with 7200 volts of electricity through his body when he was attempting to move a low hanging cable line over a county road. Mr. Avery worked for a mobile home moving company and was moving a mobile home when they encountered a cable line that was hanging lower than the National Electric Safety Code requirement. Mr. Avery was in the process of lifting the cable line when he accidentally contacted a power line and was electrocuted. Mr. Avery was severely injured resulting in the amputation of both his arms. Mr. Avery claimed that the cable company was negligent in allowing the cable line to hang lower than the NESC code requirement and that the power company was negligent in allowing the guy wire attached to their pole to have slack which resulted in the pole leaning which caused the cable line to be low.