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Six-year-old boy dies by electrocution at abandoned commercial property

The death of a 6-year-old boy by electrocution at a site that had been inspected by a city worker has sparked a lawsuit.

Cases involving the death of young children are especially difficult for everyone, and perhaps no more so than for the city of Montgomery employee who had recently inspected an abandoned facility approximately five months prior to the boy’s death.
The young boy died in 2009, as a result of playing near an air-conditioning unit in an abandoned building on a commercial property. While playing, the young boy came into contact with live wires and was electrocuted. The property had been inspected five months before the boy’s death. Thieves had raided the air-conditioner to steal the copper wiring.

The parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit, naming the worker. The main issue in the case relates to whether or not the worker, who did the inspection onsite, is protected by state law, a law that caps damages in civil suits at $100,000. In this instance, the worker is being sued personally, not as an employee for the city, which may, or may not mean that he is protected by the law.

The electrical worker’s attorney argued in court that the law does protect city workers from damages above the existing cap, and states that in plain and clear language. The original trial court ruled the statutory cap did not apply. The case went on appeal. There is no word on when the Supreme Court intends to hear the appeal.

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