Three individuals badly burned when a grain elevator exploded in southern Illinois have been awarded a total verdict of $180 million. Apparently the three were helping clean out a grain bin and removing their tools when the explosion occurred.
What likely swayed the jury in this particular premises liability case was the fact that the grain elevator had been smoldering for a number of days just before the explosion occurred. Whatever factors went into the verdict, the jury awarded $100 million in punitive damages to the three injured individuals.
It cannot be overstated that burn injuries are possibly the most severe and painful type of injuries that anyone can suffer. Such injuries severely limit the enjoyment of life anyone can experience under such circumstances.
One of the individuals injured had suffered burns to more than 70 percent of his body. This 38-year old man has been enforced to endure a number of painful skin grafts, and will likely have to continue through physical rehabilitation for the remainder of his life.
This individual has no feeling over many of the burned portions of his body, and his sweat glands have been destroyed preventing him from performing tasks outside of a climate-controlled area.
The other two individuals were 34 and 35 years of age. Both of these individuals also suffered severe and debilitating burns as well.
Owners of such premises cannot be allowed to ignore dangers that may injure themselves or others. Attorneys can assist injured individuals in receiving compensation for such injuries. Sadly, no amount of money will ever make such individuals completely whole.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "3 burned in southern Illinois silo explosion awarded a total of $180 million," by Andy Grimm, June 5, 2012