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GWC Obtains $6.3 Million Jury Award On Behalf Of A Local 134 Electrician
On February 4th, 2011, a Cook County jury returned its verdict in favor of the estate of Charles “Chuck” Ingolia, resulting in an award of $6.3 million in damages for his family after he was badly burned in a switchgear explosion.
In the aftermath of this November 13, 2006, tragedy, the official reports promptly blamed Chuck for causing an arc blast in a new switchgear at the CTA’s Clark Street substation. The construction accident lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers worked to prove that this tragic accident was not Chuck’s fault.
Working with the best expert witnesses and sparing no expense to protect the financial well-being of Chuck’s wife, it took over four years of investigation, including numerous depositions by Chicago personal injury lawyers Larry Weisman and Joe Sorce, to identify the truth behind this fateful event.
In a trial that lasted more than three weeks, evidence was presented to the jury that project managers from the defendant, Target Electric, failed to comply with the basic NFPA 70E standards and also with job-specific safety requirements. These failures misled workers into believing that an offline and dormant switchgear cabinet was not energized.
Veteran trial lawyers Larry Weisman and Joe Sorce rejected pretrial and ever-increasing mid-trial settlement offers to allow a jury to pass final judgment about the truth of what killed Chuck Ingolia.
Chuck’s reputation as a “smart guy” and a “safety stickler” was vindicated by the jury’s decision. For the Ingolia family, this was the final word in a four-year battle to reaffirm and re-establish the legacy Chuck created in his 38 years as an electrician with IBEW Local 134.
As Larry Weisman said after the verdict: “The case had to be tried to give Chuck a voice to explain the events of that fateful day. A settlement wasn’t good enough.”
For GWC, this wasn’t just a case. It was a cause. After four years of hard work and uphill battles, GWC finally overturned the contractors’ and insurance company’s attempts to wrongly blame Chuck in order to avoid financial responsibility for this tragedy.