Man claims power line downed by hurricane caused electric burns, sues Entergy

Kelly Holleran Feb. 24, 2009, 4:57am

A Hardin County couple has filed suit against Entergy Texas, alleging the man received a serious electrical shock from an unsecure power source.

Maersch Gene and Lurlene Carter claim that on Sept. 17 Maersch Gene Carter was attempting to move debris from the road in front of his driveway for access after Hurricane Ike hit the area.

Entergy Texas had restored power to the neighborhood but had failed to properly secure a power source and had left it on the ground instead, according to the complaint filed Feb. 19 in Jefferson County District Court.

As a result, the power source charged the area and caused severe burns to Carter, the suit states.

Because of the incident, Carter claims he has incurred medical expenses and experienced physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment and physical disfigurement.

Lurlene Carter has lost Maersch Gene Carter's society, consortium and household services and has suffered mental anguish, according to the complaint.

The Carters are seeking unspecified punitive and exemplary damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the legal rate, costs and other relief to which they are entitled.

They will be represented by Paul F. Ferguson Jr. of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Case No. E183-320

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