Judgment entered in injury suit faulting Entergy for unrepaired hurricane damage

David Yates Mar. 15, 2011, 5:53am

A judgment was recently entered in a lawsuit alleging Entergy Texas was responsible for causing a man's electrical shock, which he received shortly after Hurricane Ike flattened Southeast Texas.

As previously reported, Maersch and Lurlene Carter filed suit against the power company on Feb. 19, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

In their suit, the Carters claim that on Sept. 17, 2008, Maersch was attempting to move debris from the road in front of his driveway for access after Hurricane Ike hit the area.

The suit alleges Entergy had restored power to the neighborhood but had failed to properly secure a power source and had left it on the ground instead. As a result, the power source charged the area and caused severe burns to Carter.

According to a judgment filed Jan. 4, the parties announced on Dec. 21 that they had reached a compromise and settled.

Carter was suing for his incurred medical expenses and experienced physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment and physical disfigurement.

Paul F. Ferguson Jr. of Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont represented the plaintiffs.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court, presided over the litigation.

Case No. E183-320

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