$82.5 Million Awarded To Blast Victim’s Family
The Star-Telegram reports the family of a 27-year-old man who died of injuries suffered in an explosion at a natural gas processing plant has been awarded $82.5 million by a Harris County (Texas) jury.
In May, 2007, the young man was injured when a hot-oil treater exploded and he died at the hospital the next day. The award will go to his widow and the couple’s three young children, including a son born shortly after his father died.
Exterran Energy Solutions L.P of Houston – formerly Hanover Compression L.P. – will be liable for the damages if the award is upheld. The plant, built by Hanover, is owned by Fort Worth-based Quicksilver Resources, a natural gas producer.
The jury found Hanover was grossly negligent and 90% responsible for the accident and Quicksilver was 10% responsible but not guilty of gross negligence. Quicksilver was not responsible for any monetary damages because the company provided workers’ compensation insurance for its employees. The young man was a Quicksilver employee.
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