${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Free Case Consultations 312-380-5467 Northwest Suburbs 847-380-3309
Toll-Free 866-264-7639
Free Case Consultations 312-380-5467 Northwest Suburbs 847-380-3309
Toll-Free 866-264-7639

Family of electrocuted Chicago man receives $3.2M from ComEd

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has settled a wrongful death lawsuit involving a worker who was electrocuted while painting a bridge in the northwest Chicago suburb of Elgin. The utility company has agreed to pay $3.2 to the family of the man, who worked for Eagle Paint.

The man's family sued two other companies involved in the bridge painting project, and reached settlements with them as well. The 31-year-old man, who is survived by two children as well as his wife, had worked Eagle Paint for just a week. His employer will waive its $243,000 lien on the man's worker's compensation benefits, and continue those benefits through the end of this year. Hertz Equipment Rental, which leased the lift the man was working on, is paying his family $25,000.

According to the lawsuit, the painter was killed while on a lift bucket en route to sandblast the bottom of the U.S. 20 Bridge, which spans the Fox River. Another worker was also killed. The painter was electrocuted by the distribution lines.

The suit accuses ComEd of failing to take the appropriate steps to deactivate the lines, or to warn the crew working on the bridge about the open lines until it was too late. ComEd says that the painting company called to ask them to deactivate the lines for the project, but did not give them adequate notice. The utility company says that it requires at least a 14-day notice to shut off power lines, but they were notified of the project and the necessary power shut down less than two weeks before the tragic accident occurred.

Although it seems like many jobs in the construction, maintenance, and repair industries are inherently risky, employers owe their workers as many safeguards as they can put in place. No one should have to accept the fact that they are risking their safety or their life to earn a living. When appropriate and perfectly reasonable steps are not taken to protect worker safety, companies can and should be held responsible.

Source:  Chicago Sun-Times, "$3M settlement reached over death of electrocuted worker" Jordan Owen, Sep. 25, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Let's Get Started Today

Call 312-380-5467 or fill out our short E-mail form for a FREE case consultation where we’ll review your case details and determine the best course of action to take.

Email Us
  • The Chicago Bar Association Founded 1874
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability
  • ITLA Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Avvo Ration 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Personal Injury
  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2014 Personal Injury

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.

Protecting your rights.

Call us at 312-380-5467 to get started. Or fill out this quick form and we’ll contact you.

Unable to come to our office? No problem! We help clients everyday via phone & email for your convenience.

Klest Injury Law Firm

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy