4 plaintiffs awarded $13.6M in Geismar plant explosion
PLAQUEMINE- A Louisiana jury has award a total of $13.6 million to four men injured in the 2013 explosion at the Williams Olefins Geismar plant.
The Advocate reports a jury in Iberville Parish ruled late Monday night the company, several plant officials and its parent company were negligent and knew with substantial certainty that the deadly fire could occur.
The jury rendered its verdict after five hours of deliberation in the three-week trial in the first of several lawsuits related to the incident that killed two people and injured 114 workers.
Plaintiff Shawn Thomas will receive the highest payout in damages, awarded $9.4 million for past and future medical bills, lost wages and mental anguish, and pain and suffering. Kris Devall was awarded $3.6 million and Eduardo Elizondo and Michael Dantone were awarded $360,000 and $205,000, respectively.