Washington Supreme Court upholds $6.5 wrongful death judgment in Spokane sewer plant accident

The Spokesman-Review reports that the Washington Supreme court has upheld the $6.5 million wrongful death and negligence judgment against CH2M Hill, an engineering company, that the court ruled was responsible for the death of one Spokane sewer plant workers and the injuries to two others in a 2004 construction accident.

The Spokane sewer plant accident killed Mike Cmos when a tank imploded and Cmos was buried in sludge. Two other city workers, Dan Evans and Larry Michaels were injured in the accident.

In 2008, the Superior Court Judge Robert Austin ruled that CH2M Hill was negligent in its design changes to the digester. He ordered a wrongful death settlement of $2.6 million to be paid to Cmos estate; $2 million to Cmos’ widow; $650,000 to Cmos’ daughter. He also ordered payment to Evans for the broken bones he suffered and to Michaels for his serious knee injury.

CH2M Hill appealed the decision all the way to the Washington Supreme Court which upheld the Superior Court decision with six justices signing the majority opinion and three justices signing a concurrence opinion.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed. We have more than 40 years experience successfully representing clients with their wrongful death claims.

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