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Jury Awards $1,642,475 in Workplace Electrocution Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the Negligence lawsuit.

Montery County, CA: A $1,642,475 net settlement has been awarded to the two children who lost their father to a workplace accident.

Daniel Raya, a 49-year old employee at a Salinas lettuce-packing plant, cut into a cable while installing a scale installation at the plant. He recieved an electrical shock with a 100 volt eletrical current and died.

Mr. Raya's 19-year old daughter and five-year old son sued JCJ Electric Inc. for leaving a live cable source on the ground without warning about it and failing to turn off the power source at the main grid.

However, the defense argued that Mr. Raya was trained to check that a power source was inactive before starting a job, and in failing to do so he had disregarded his training. The jury awarded $5,322,256, but determined that JCJ was 30.8-percent at fault for the accident.

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Published on Mar-17-10


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