A Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) has been filed against Centerpoint Energy and Cekra after a painter was electrocuted while painting a bridge in Wharton, Texas, on April 4, 2017. The painter and his supervisors at Cekra had been told the Centerpoint wires were not live and went about their work thinking Centerpoint had turned off electricity to that power line. The painter suffered massive burns to most of the right side of his body and was life-flighted to Memorial Hermann for treatment. This incident has left him severely injured and suffering from PTSD. He has hired our firm to help him investigate the incident and hold the responsible parties accountable.
The TRO was signed by Judge Silvia Matthews on April 13, 2017. It prevents Centerpoint and Cekra from damaging, modifying, destroying, disposing of, tampering with, or selling any of the components of the boom lift and wire involved in the incident. It also prevents the companies from tampering with or disposing of any paperwork or work materials about Centerpoint telling Cekra the wire wasn't live at the time of the incident. As our investigation has developed, evidence has come to light that TxDOT was involved in the decision-making process of turning off the electricity to that wire, and so we have added TxDOT to our TRO.
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