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Klein Frank, P.C. Announces $18.78 Million Awarded to Burn Victim of Contractor’s Negligence In Baghdad, Iraq

DENVER, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/

Klein Frank, P.C. of Boulder, Colorado and the Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon in Dallas, Texas announce that a jury has rendered a verdict in the amount of $18.78 Million in the case of Dawson v. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc.

Plaintiff David Dawson was a civilian contractor working on the reconstruction of Iraq. Defendant Fluor Intercontinental, Inc. entered into a $59 Million a year costs plus contract with the Army Corps of Engineers to provide O&M and Life Support services in multiple compounds in Iraq. This contract specifically required Fluor to provide safe water to individuals living in these compounds. Fluor Intercontinental, Inc was paid $10 Million per year plus costs to maintain Freedom Compound, a 600 bed facility in Baghdad. Dawson was burned by excessively hot water at Freedom Compound on November 16, 2007.

The jury found that Fluor was negligent and failed to properly maintain the safe temperature of the water heaters. The Defense expert for Fluor testified that the water heaters would reach over 200 Degrees Fahrenheit. All parties agreed that the safe temperature of water was 120 Degrees Fahrenheit.

As a consequence of Fluor’s negligence, David Dawson received third degree burns over 65% of his body and burns to his lungs. He was treated at the Ibn Sina hospital in Baghdad by the 86th CSH and airlifted to Germany where he received extensive treatment to save his life. Dawson credits the skill of his physicians for his survival. The jury awarded him $18.78 million in compensation for his disfigurement and the extreme suffering through which he lived.

Trial attorney Beth Klein “We are grateful that the jury held this highly compensated contractor to the standards to which it agreed. We hope that this verdict will help ensure the safety of our citizens working to support the efforts of the United States and to ensure that contractors provide the value that they promise.”

July 11, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Fluor, Iraq, Safety and Security Issues, USACE | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Damages sought in death of civilian

The father of a 23-year-old Baton Rouge man killed in July 2009 in a helicopter crash at the Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan is seeking damages from several contractors, including the Baton Rouge firm that employed his son.

John deMarsche was one of 16 civilians — and one of two Americans — killed onboard the helicopter that crashed July 19, 2009, near the runway just after takeoff.

DeMarsche was employed by Baton Rouge-based Arkel International as a construction manager and worked as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At the time of the crash, he was in Afghanistan overseeing construction of water wells for the military.

DeMarsche’s father, Jeffrey “Jimmy’’ deMarsche, alleges in a lawsuit filed on the anniversary of the crash that the helicopter was defective.

He claims the equipment was inadequate and poorly maintained, and that the maintenance and flight crews were underqualified and improperly and inadequately trained.

The suit seeks damages for mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, as well as punitive damages from the defendants “to discourage future reckless and wanton disregard for the safety and lives of persons using their facilities.’’

The named defendants are Arkel, Fluor Intercontinental, SkyLink Air & Logistic Support USA, and Vertical-T.

None of those companies could be reached for comment.

The suit contends Arkel and Fluor contracted with SkyLink and Vertical-T to transport John deMarsche. The helicopter was owned by SkyLink and/or Vertical-T, the suit says.

The suit, filed in state district court in Baton Rouge, has been assigned to Judge Wilson Fields.

July 28, 2010 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment