Ameren sued for customer's burns following summer storm

Steve Gonzalez Mar. 5, 2007, 5:27am

An Alton man who was suffered an electric shock while removing debris left from a summer storm filed a personal injury suit against AmerenUE and A.C. Springman Electric in Madison County Circuit Court March 1.

James Grandone claims that on July 20, 2006, a storm caused numerous dropped power lines at his home.

"The plaintiff was unable to leave his home in a vehicle because of dropped branches near his home," the complaint states.

Grandone claims he asked employees of A.C. Springman if it was okay to remove the branches from the street despite the downed wires, and was told it was permissible to remove them.

He claims AmerenUE was guilty of negligence by:

  • informing the electricians of A.C. Springman that the power in the area has been turned off;

  • turning back on the power without informing the electricians from A.C. Springman; and

  • failing to warn citizens that the power lines were still active.

    Grandone claims A.C. Springman was negligent by informing him that the power lines were he was going to remove branches were no longer electrified without going to check to make sure.

    According to the suit, Grandone received bodily injury when electricity went through his body causing him to incur pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and reasonable and necessary medical expenses.

    Represented by Thomas Falb of Alton, Grandone is seeking damages in excess of $100,000, plus costs of the suit.

    The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian.

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