HOUSTON – A Fort Bend County couple are seeking more than $1 million in damages after the husband was electrocuted while installing a sign.

Qunying Li and Yuping Zhang filed a complaint on Nov. 22, 2017, in the Harris County District Court against CenterPoint Energy and River Oaks Lumber and Hardware Co. alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, on July 9, 2017, Qunying Li was critically injured while securing a vinyl sign to a billboard with metal brackets. The suit states CenterPoint owned a high-voltage overhead line directly next to the sign, which made contact with a metal bracket and caused a current of electricity to go through Li's body.

The suit states Li's hand and body were electrocuted and burned and he was required undergo skin grafting and physical therapy and has missed a substantial amount of work. 

The plaintiffs hold CenterPoint Energy and River Oaks Lumber and Hardware Co. responsible because the defendants allegedly negligently maintained the high voltage overhead line in a dilapidated condition and failed to keep the premises safe for others.

The plaintiffs seek monetary relief of more than $1 million and such other and further relief. They are represented by Randall O. Sorrells and Jonathan D. Sneed of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2017-78665

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